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Lib Dem success as Home Secretary confirms government to back amendment to Public Order Act

The Guardian reports that, following a high-profile campaign, the government has agreed to retain an amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill going some way to implementing Lib Dem party policy (pdf) on the Public Order Act:

In a government climb down, the Public Order Act that covers speech and writing on signs and states: “A person is guilty of an offence if he uses threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour”, will be changed to remove the word insulting. The move follows a high-profile campaign which united Christian and secular groups and was spearheaded by the comedian Rowan Atkinson, the human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell and the former shadow home secretary David Davis.

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  • User AvatarDavidW 2nd Sep - 7:49pm
    I think the UK will vote to leave the EU. At this stage all the facts haven't been debated in public so there is all...
  • User AvatarGeorge Kendall 2nd Sep - 7:36pm
    There's a petition on change.org on this, at: "No more drownings. Immediate sanctuary for those fleeing from war" https://www.change.org/p/rt-hon-theresa-may-mp-no-more-drownings-immediate-sanctury-for-those-fleeing-from-war
  • User AvatarPeter 2nd Sep - 7:33pm
    Slightly OT, why is it Lib Dem policy to abandon the (ante - EU) sovereign status of the UK in favour of becoming a region...
  • User AvatarAndrewMcC 2nd Sep - 7:28pm
    Free Trade was a great Liberal dogma in the 19th century when Britain ruled the waves and was in poll position to exploit all the...
  • User AvatarNick 2nd Sep - 7:28pm
    Maybe we could stress the 'in' at the end of 'remain' somehow?
  • User AvatarPeter 2nd Sep - 7:26pm
    The electoral Commission was right. The government was being underhand in trying to proceed with a biased question.