A small protest took place on Saturday (20 March 2021) outside the office of Andrew Jones MP, and it was by the Green Party.
The protest was peaceful, and about raising awareness of the bill that gives the police heavy powers to police protests and the courts powers to hand out much stiffer fines and sentences – The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
Sarah Gibbs and Shan Oakes from the local Green Party are both horrified by the proposed changes and calling for people to research the bill for themselves.
The bill is being pitched by the Conservative Party as long overdue tweaks to a bill that hasn’t been amended for many years – the reality is that it is a draconian attack on the ability to protest.
The bill is 307 pages long and encompasses many changes.
Andrew Jones, speaking to the area committee, has said that he is amazed that anyone would vote against the bill and that it didn’t stop the right to protest. He further added that there were also other measures that if it had been voted-down would have also been lost.
The Green Party talking about the Bill.
Andrew Jones MP talking to the North Yorkshire County Council Area Committee last week.