MPs and peers call on Priti Patel to lift lockdown ban on protests


A cross-party group of MPs and peers have written to Priti Patel to ask her to lift a ban on protests during the coronavirus lockdown.

The letter to the home secretary says protest is a human right and that the current position “is not acceptable and is arguably not lawful”.

It comes after confrontations with police at a vigil in south London following the killing of Sarah Everard.

Further protests are also planned on Saturday by some anti-lockdown campaigners.

Protesting is not listed as a “reasonable excuse” for leaving home under the government’s coronavirus regulations.

Signatories of the letter include Tory MPs Charles Walker, Steve Baker, Christopher Chope and Desmond Swayne and the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey.


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