Andrew Rosindell, M.P. for Romford, has today confirmed that he will vote for the Second Reading of the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill, currently being debated by M.P.s.
In a statement, Mr Rosindell said:
“The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill is an important piece of legislation, which will create a stricter sentencing regime for the most dangerous of criminals. This means tougher sentences for sex offenders, child murderers and others.
This Bill is still in its early stages and there is much to still be scrutinised. While it is clear that legislation needs to be updated to ensure proper powers for the police to deal with the most damaging and disruptive protests, such as those we have seen from Extinction Rebellion in recent years, concerns have been raised about the provisions of the Bill, particularly in light of the handling of the Sarah Everard vigil.
I am absolutely clear: the police must be given the powers to deal with protests effectively. However, the police must use these powers proportionally and only when absolutely necessary.
I will be voting for this Bill at the Second Reading and I look forward to a proper process of scrutiny to ensure that this Bill adequately balances the right to protest, with the rights of those whose lives may be severely impacted by such protests.”