Priti Patel was criticised by Nick Thomas-Symonds for "rushing through laws" to crack down on protests as the country reels from the Sarah Everard
Priti Patel was criticised by Nick Thomas-Symonds for “rushing through laws” to crack down on protests as the country reels from the Sarah Everard case. Mr Thomas-Symonds added that the Government is “failing to address” violence against women and bashed Ms Patel and the Conservatives for limiting their rights to protest against it. However, Ms Patel said that she was “sorry” to hear the tone from the shadow minister as the Home Secretary listed off what the Government has done for women.
After Mr Thomas-Symonds criticised Ms Patel, saying she may find herself on the “wrong side of history”, she said: “At a time when the country is mourning a significant loss there are moments of great unity.
“I’m quite sorry to hear the tone of the honourable gentleman, particularly in terms of the Government’s record when it comes to our commitment of tackling violence against women and girls.
“And the right honourable gentleman will also be well-cited of the significant contribution of all members of this house to the domestic abuse bill, which has been under debate, scrutiny, challenge and amendment for a considerable period of time.
“And it is the House of Lords right now but I would like to emphasise that this government has committed when it comes to violence against women and girls at the highest level.”
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The Home Secretary then praised Theresa May who she said “set the bar” for legislation regarding tackling domestic violence.
Earlier in her statement, Ms Patel defended the bill and said: “Over the past year, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the police have been faced with an unenviable and immediately difficult task.
“It is one, for the most part, that they have approached with skill and professionalism helping to enforce regulations as determined by parliament with one crucial objective in mind, to save lives.
Labour MPs had planned to abstain from voting on the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill but will now vote against the legislation.
The bill, now on its second reading, has been criticised for cracking down on legitimate protests by punishing static protests for being “noisy” or “intimidating”.
It will also expand the controlled area around Parliament where some protests are banned.
The vote comes as vigil attendees and police clashed over the weekend with much of the public furious over the heavy-handedness of the police.