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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 AvatarLiberal Neil 3rd Mar - 10:57am
    I'm delighted that he has seen the light and is willing to say so publicly. We need to hear from a lot more like him.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:54am
    What Gwynfor Tyler and Julian Tisi said. There's absolutely no evidence that Scotland is unhappy with the level of devolution already granted, since it hasn't...
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:51am
    John I think you know perfectly well that I don't think that "it is perfectly OK for there to be millions of homes suffering from...
  • User AvatarJayne Mansfield 3rd Mar - 10:49am
    @ simon, So you will be getting off your hands and going out there to fight them will you simon? @ Guy, Historically important artefacts...
  • User Avatartpfkar 3rd Mar - 10:47am
    Very best wishes to you in your campaigning, one of the most worthy causes written about on LDV.
  • User AvatarMalcolm Todd 3rd Mar - 10:43am
    Well said Roger Roberts. 100% good work.