I am pleased to report that Labour peers, working with cross-party peers, achieved 8 wins in the House of Lords, defeating key aspects of the Public Order Bill.
The Bill risks criminalising people who take to the streets for a cause they believe in and included measures such as expanding stop and search without reasonable grounds and using Serious Disruption Prevention Orders (SPDOs).
We will work hard to defend this victory and continue to fight for the right to protest when the Bill is back in the House of Commons, where the Tories are determined to push this legislation through.
As a Labour MP I have always supported and campaigned for, the right to protest peacefully. I believe it is the fundamental element of a functioning democracy.
I voted against the Public Order Bill due to many concerns you and I share, such as restricting freedoms around the vital democratic right to peaceful protests.
My Labour colleague, and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper, made an excellent speech about the Bill, which you can read about here. My colleagues and I will continue to push the Government on this matter, which I know is so important to many of my constituents in Bristol West.