The public has been invited to have their say on Priti Patel’s new anti-protest Public Order Bill.
The bill would create new criminal offences for protesters, and allow the police to ban certain people from attending protests.
Parliament is asking those with relevant experience, expertise, or a special interest in the bill, to submit written evidence, as the bill reaches its committee stage.
New crimes in the bill include “locking on”, interfering with key national infrastructure, and would also introduce “Serious Disruption Prevention Orders” which would ban people from going to protests if they “repeatedly engage in disruptive protest activity.”
Many of the measures are attempts to revive powers rejected by the House of Lords earlier this year, when it voted on elements of the now-passed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill.
A move to expand stop and search powers prompted civil liberties groups to warn that the bill will lead to “more criminalisation of Black people”.