Tories’ anti-protest Bill suffers eight defeats in the House of Lords

THE Tories’ anti-protest Bill has suffered eight defeats in the House of Lords, setting back government plans to outlaw tactics used by climate activists.

The votes mean that some of the most controversial elements of the Public Order Bill have been thrown out for good, including a measure that sought to give police powers to preemptively shut down protests where officers believe disruption might occur.

However other powers could be reinserted into the Bill when it returns to the Commons in the coming weeks.

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