The Reform Clause 1 campaign succeeded in its aim to amend Clause 1. The change is now incorporated in Section 1 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014 and came into force in October 2014.


January 21, 2014

On 8 January 2014 the House of Lords rejected the Government’s plans to make it illegal to be annoying in a public place. It was the biggest anti-government vote of this Parliament. When you hear the arguments from supporters of the plans, it’s no wonder the Lords kicked them out.

Lord Forsyth repeatedly asked one, simple question: give one example of anti-social behaviour that deserved to be caught by ‘annoyance orders’ that couldn’t be caught by laws against “harassment”.

No-one, not even the Government minister could give him an answer.

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