Press: Peers deliver heavy defeat to government’s authoritarian policing bill

THE government has suffered a heavy defeat in the House of Lords over its widely condemned plans to curb protest rights.

Opposition peers voted on Monday night against 14 amendments put forward by ministers to the Police, Crime, Sentencing & Courts Bill.

The rejected amendments included limiting noise during demonstrations, new powers for police to stop and search anyone at a protest “without suspicion” and allowing individuals with “a history of causing serious disruption” to be banned from attending certain protests. Read the article in full here.