Priti Patel fails to explain what is ‘a noisy protest’ to be banned under tough new laws

The home secretary was asked twice how the controversial new rule would be enforced – but appeared to admit that had not been decided, despite MPs backing the tough legislation.

She also claimed the public had voted for the crackdown when it elected the Conservatives at the general election and declined to say she was “happy” that protests will be allowed again next week.

In a BBC interview, Ms Patel was asked “how will the police decide when a demonstration becomes too noisy”, but deflected the question.

“The police will make judgments and they’ll have guidance on frameworks around the impact of noise had, not just on one individual but across communities.

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