Lambeth Green Party https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/ Fri, 19 Apr 2024 18:34:46 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.5.2 Streatham News – Duncan Eastoe Green Candidate for Lambeth Council By-Election (2nd May) https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/04/19/streatham-news-duncan-eastoe-green-candidate-for-lambeth-council-by-election-2nd-may/ Fri, 19 Apr 2024 18:34:45 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=3035 Vote Green – Vote Duncan Eastoe on 2nd May Read more about Duncan in the latest Streatham Greens News

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Lambeth Green Party Councillor Highlights – March ’24 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/04/10/lambeth-green-party-councillor-highlights-march-24-2/ Wed, 10 Apr 2024 09:43:13 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=3017 We hope everyone had a lovely Easter Holiday. Here is our March councillor update, highlighting our work in Lambeth Council and the local community. YOUR COUNCILLORS IN THE PRESS Lambeth’s Housing Strategy and New Homes ProgramScott called out Labour’s failure to deliver on its housing promises at Cabinet, reminding them of their 2014 policy of […]

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We hope everyone had a lovely Easter Holiday. Here is our March councillor update, highlighting our work in Lambeth Council and the local community.


YOUR COUNCILLORS IN THE PRESS

Lambeth’s Housing Strategy and New Homes Program
Scott called out Labour’s failure to deliver on its housing promises at Cabinet, reminding them of their 2014 policy of selling off council houses and their unfulfilled 2018 manifesto promise to build 1000 new homes. Brixton Buzz Story here
Lambeth Green Party says that Lambeth Labour “cannot be trusted on housing”

Forest Nursery Shut Down, Streatham Vale Park
Scott met with families concerned about the sudden closure of Sprig Ludgens outdoor nursery, leaving many parents struggling to find emergency childcare. South London Press story here:
‘We are devastated’: Parents hit out at nursery after ‘unnecessary’ closure

Woodgate Tower, Streatham Common, Planning Applications Meeting
Scott spoke up for the thousands of residents concerned about the overdevelopment of the Homebase site by Streatham Common station, which was approved by the panel.

One of the objectors, Heidi Stonecliffe, King’s Council, emailed Scott after the meeting saying:

“I simply wanted to write to say thank you personally for your incisive, intelligent and probing questions put at PAC on Tuesday. I couldn’t have done it better myself and I cross examine for a living! I know that significant numbers of residents were distinctly impressed by your standpoint. For my part, that evening and your approach, turned a lifelong Labour supporter Green and my partner has indicated he’d now be voting Green on the back of your support.”

The Greens want everyone to have access to the right homes, in the right place, at the right price. Residents have written to the Mayor of London, asking them to overturn Lambeth’s approval of this development. MyLondon News story here:
Streatham residents lose battle to stop 237 homes being built on old Homebase site


COUNCIL WORK

Nicole highlights failings in the council’s Climate Change Report 
Nicole sits on the Overview and Scrutiny Committee where this report was discussed.
The committee only meets about six times per year and it was shocking that two Labour members and the one Lib Dem member were missing! Nicole was the single voice in the room calling the council’s performance into question, highlighting the extremely disappointing lack of a clear action plan and timeline to meet Net Zero by 2030. 


MYATT’S FIELD ZERO CARBON RETROFIT

Scott visited the Myatt’s Field site where a large-scale retrofit project is making council homes zero-carbon, warmer and cheaper to run using the Dutch EnergieSprong model. Scott spoke to Resident Liaison Officer, Maureen (pictured), who told us about her important role ensuring the council communicated the project’s benefits with residents and ensured as little disruption within their homes as possible. 


NEWS

Halabja Memorial
Scott spoke at the memorial service for the thousands of Kurdish victims of the Halabja massacre at Town Hall on 10 March (pictured).

Streatham Society Community Planning Meeting
Scott and Michael Ball (Green Party member who fought against the Garden Bridge fiasco) spoke as experts in planning issues at this well attended community meeting.

Naked Larder Reducing Plastic Waste
Nicole and Scott usually pick up their groceries from this reduced plastic waste refill business in Herne Hill.

Nicole and Scott could not do what they do without the help of members like you. Please get in touch with them to help support their work.

Best wishes – Nicole and Scott.

contact@lambeth.greenparty.org.uk 

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Turn Lambeth & Southwark GREEN on May 2nd! https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/03/29/turn-lambeth-southwark-green-on-may-2nd/ Fri, 29 Mar 2024 15:25:58 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=3002 We don’t have billionaire backers, only extraordinary people like you fund The Green Party, please help us reach as many voters as possible across Lambeth and Southwark to let them know to give all 3 votes to the Green Party, to get as many Greens as possible elected onto the London Assembly in 2024. Claire […]

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We don’t have billionaire backers, only extraordinary people like you fund The Green Party, please help us reach as many voters as possible across Lambeth and Southwark to let them know to give all 3 votes to the Green Party, to get as many Greens as possible elected onto the London Assembly in 2024.

Claire Sheppard, a compassionate, hard-working campaigner with community in her heart is asking for your vote for the London Assembly.

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Lambeth Green Party Councillor Highlights (February ’24) https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/03/21/lambeth-green-party-councillor-highlights-march-24/ Thu, 21 Mar 2024 18:03:49 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2827 Our Newsletters are put together by our support officer and we are delighted to announce that we have a new one, Zoe Peet, who used to work for a Green MP in Australia. Zoe has hit the ground running and is passionate about our vision and values. Here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been doing… […]

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Our Newsletters are put together by our support officer and we are delighted to announce that we have a new one, Zoe Peet, who used to work for a Green MP in Australia. Zoe has hit the ground running and is passionate about our vision and values. Here’s a glimpse into what we’ve been doing…

CEASEFIRE IN GAZA

At the first Full Council Meeting this year (24 January) we presented a motion calling for an immediate ceasefire and the end to human rights atrocities in the Israel/Palestine conflict. Our motion was not controversial, it was based on facts, humanitarian principles and represents the majority view of our borough.
Sadly, our motion was not carried, however three Labour councillors and one Liberal Democrat supported it and one Labour councillor abstained. We hear the Labour councillors faced harsh disciplinary action which has resulted in a resignation and subsequent byelection as well as one permanent suspension. 
Nicole and Scott have been active in attending ceasefire demonstrations and will continue to support all efforts to bring an end to the humanitarian crisis in Palestine. You can read our press release here and a copy of our motion here. Our motion was also covered by several news outlets, you can read the stories here: Evening StandardLondon OnlineThe Morning StarThe Brixton Buzz. Additionally, watch Greens MP Caroline Lucas comment on Question Time.

LOW TRAFFIC NEIGHBOURHOODS

The sudden suspension of the Streatham Wells LTN was a surprise to all of us. The end of gridlocked buses and traffic on the boundary roads, particularly Streatham High Road, along with the heightened levels in air pollution and inconvenience to so many, is extremely welcome. However, we are disappointed that the council has refused to acknowledge its own role in the LTN’s failure. We have been concerned about insufficient consultation, air quality monitoring, traffic modelling, communication, signage and engagement with TfL. Transport accounts for roughly 26% of GreenHouse Gas emissions. As Greens, we support the prioritisation of pedestrians, cyclists and wheelers and LTNs have been a successful measure in achieving this change. It is a shame that the council has not been able to implement the SW LTN to meet its intent. We understand that additional bus priority measures are to be put in place along the High Road by TfL to improve public transport services. These are due to commence later this Spring and be completed in 2025. We also welcome the TfL works that make it safer and easier for people to walk, cycle and wheel along the High Road. We will continue to work with all levels of government and community groups to push for a far more reliable train service for the area, too. Watch to Scott’s video statement here.

BUDGET COUNCIL

At the end of February, Lambeth held its annual budget council. Like many local authorities, it is struggling to balance its books while meeting the rising cost pressures of temporary accommodation and adult and children’s services. We recognise that this is primarily due to cuts to central government funding and economic factors such as inflation – but we asked the Labour party to more to own up to and atone for its past financial failures (like Homes for Lambeth!) and start operating with more transparency and accountability.  We presented our proposals to the council and Nicole kicked us off with a speech highlighting the need for a greener approach to address the inequities and climate crisis facing our borough. Scott demanded answers about unspent developer funds owed to the community, contract wastage and excessive legal fees. He also scrutinised the pay policy statement and asked if residents were getting value for money from the revolving door of highly paid Lambeth executives. As with previous years, the Labour party dismissed our budget out of hand on a purely adversarial basis. The lack of consideration for the 22% of the public that voted Green is evidence of their priorities – politics over progress.  You can watch the council proceedings here

NEWS

Private Sector Rental Scheme
Lambeth is launching a private sector rented scheme to improve conditions for tenants, phase one of the pilot will be in Streatham St Leonards. Find out more about the scheme and read our response to the scheme here. 

STREATHAM NEWS

Spires
Many of you will be aware of the great work the Spires Centre in Streatham has done for the homeless since its inception in 1989, jointly organised by the congregations of English Martyrs and St Leonard’s churches. Essential maintenance work has to be done on the church hall it operates out of, so sadly, their offices have moved to Brixton/Stockwell. However, they will still be delivering a rough sleeper breakfast service from the hall in St Leonards on Monday and Thursday mornings. 
Scott said: “We met with all stakeholders to try and find a permanent office space for The Spires in Streatham and it is extremely disappointing this failed to materialise. However, we are delighted that the service to the homeless will continue to run as normal once the essential maintenance is done. This new arrangement also means that the Spires model will deliver services to multiple locations, meaning they can support more people across the borough.” 

LBSU Green Skills Hub
We both attended the event at the end of 2023. Scott said: “There are so many opportunities for good quality, highly skilled, long term jobs in the transition to a Green Economy, in fact the LGA estimates that up to 2,000 of these jobs could be generated in Lambeth by 2030.” 

InStreatham BID – Streatham Green funding application
Scott wrote in support for Louise from BID to apply for £150k – £250 from Lambeth grants to improve Streatham Green.  

Safer Neighbourhoods Team
Scott attended the St Leonard’s ward panel on 21 February 2024. The future of the Streatham Police Base is still not certain, but the direction from the head of the Met is to have a base within 20 minutes walk from all operations. What is encouraging is that the local team will be running Cuppa with a Copper in the Streatham base every five weeks on a Saturday at 10am-12pm. The next one will be 30th March. The new Borough Commander wants much better communication with the community and the police. There should be two PCs and one PCSO for each ward; there will be an area sergeant looking after three wards (approx) and one Inspector will cover about 9 wards. So in the South of Lambeth this will be all of the Streatham Wards, Knights Hill and Gipsy Hill. Londonwide – the MET’s priority is to reduce Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG).  St Leonards ward usually sets 3 ward priorities every time we meet (which is quarterly):Shoplifting and aggressive begging on the High Road Streatham Green – ASB, public urination Potters Lane – needs to be made safer  

Thanks for reading!
Best wishes – Nicole and Scott.

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Action Days for May 2nd Elections https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/03/21/action-days-for-may-2nd-elections/ Thu, 21 Mar 2024 16:42:02 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2818 Please sign up below to join us to delivery London Green News and other election literature for the London Mayoral and Assembly election coming up in just 6 weeks time. Streatham St Leonard’s From Scott’s >> 23rd March, Saturday 11am – 1pm 24th March, Sunday 11am – 1pm From Nicole’s >> 30th Saturday March 11am […]

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Streatham St Leonard’s

From Scott’s >>

23rd March, Saturday 11am – 1pm

24th March, Sunday 11am – 1pm

From Nicole’s >>

30th Saturday March 11am – 1pm

31st Sunday March 11am – 1pm

From Scott’s >>

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April, both 11am – 1pm

20th April Saturday 12pm – 2pm, 21st April Sunday 11am – 1pm

28th April Sunday 11am – 1pm

Gipsy Hill

Every Saturday between now and the 27th April 1:30pm – 3:30pm, at The Colby Arms

(Opposite Gipsy Hill train station) with Pete Elliot

NOTE: 27th April Action Day with Zack Polanski.

Route maps are provided, and you can always pop by to collect have a chat and deliver at your own convenience. 
Please pick a date (or two). Bring a friend – Everyone is welcome!

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PRESS RELEASE – Lambeth Labour cannot be trusted on housing https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/03/18/press-release-lambeth-labour-cannot-be-trusted-on-housing/ Mon, 18 Mar 2024 08:59:41 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2812 Friday 15 March 2024 Labour members ignored Greens Councillor Scott Ainslie’s questions about Lambeth’s housing strategy and delivery at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 13 March 2024. Following the release of Lambeth’s New Homes Program, Cllr Ainslie asked about the council’s capacity to nearly double the number of homes it builds by 2030. Cabinet members […]

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Friday 15 March 2024

Labour members ignored Greens Councillor Scott Ainslie’s questions about Lambeth’s housing strategy and delivery at the Cabinet meeting on Wednesday, 13 March 2024.

Following the release of Lambeth’s New Homes Program, Cllr Ainslie asked about the council’s capacity to nearly double the number of homes it builds by 2030. Cabinet members and council officers failed to answer the questions.

Cllr Ainslie, Streatham St Leonard’s Ward, said in the meeting:

“The people of Lambeth know that Labour cannot be trusted on housing. In February 2014 the Cabinet member for Housing and Regeneration, Cllr Pete Robbins, said to BBC Inside Out that the millions generated from selling off thousands of Lambeth’s Cooperative Housing stock would be used to build more council houses. This never happened.”

“Also, in your 2018 manifesto, you promised to build a thousand council homes. How many were delivered? None”

He also highlighted the ballooning management and supervision costs in disrepair cases, saying:

“of the £147 million spent on disrepair cases, only £41 million is on actual repairs. The remaining £106 million goes to management and supervision. In other councils this balance is fifty-fifty – where is the value for money for residents?”

Watch the cabinet proceedings here.

CONTACT
Zoe Peet – Green Group Support Officer
zpeet1@lambeth.gov.uk
020 7926 9456

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PRESS RELEASE – Green councillors reject Lambeth Labour’s budget https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/03/01/press-release-green-councillors-reject-lambeth-labours-budget/ Fri, 01 Mar 2024 15:27:21 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2809 Wednesday 28 February 2024 Greens abstained on Lambeth Labour’s budget for failing to acknowledge its own financial mismanagement and conveniently omitting to mention the tens of millions of pounds wasted on the disastrous Homes for Lambeth. Cllr Nicole Griffiths, Streatham St Leonard’s ward, noted that Lambeth residents are facing the highest rise in council tax […]

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Wednesday 28 February 2024

Greens abstained on Lambeth Labour’s budget for failing to acknowledge its own financial mismanagement and conveniently omitting to mention the tens of millions of pounds wasted on the disastrous Homes for Lambeth.

Cllr Nicole Griffiths, Streatham St Leonard’s ward, noted that Lambeth residents are facing the highest rise in council tax possible alongside a decrease in council services. She said:

“The council is still no further on in solving Lambeth’s housing and homelessness crisis. Thousands of families remain in substandard housing whether it be temporary, private or council. Over half our children live in poverty.”

Cllr Scott Ainslie, Streatham St Leonard’s ward, added:

“Lambeth has done nothing to protect the more than 3000 people who have seen a 350% increase in their heating and hot water charges and are tied into shared heat networks, with no control or protection from sky rocketing fuel prices.”

Questions asked by Cllr Ainslie about the plan for spending £53m in developer contributions to community projects went unanswered.

He also called out a lack of accountability in response to the Pay Policy Statement, pointing out that staff earning over £100,000 increased from 24 to 41 since 2020 – yet only 11 senior managers out of 24 from that same year are still working at Lambeth.

“So what has the taxpayer got in return for all these additional managers? Has there been an improvement in services? No. Lambeth is still consistently ranked as one of the most complained about councils in England.”

READ THE GREENS BUDGET AMENDMENT

Green Group Budget Amendment 2024-25

CONTACT

Zoe Peet – Green Group Support Officer

zpeet1@lambeth.gov.uk

020 7926 9456

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PRESS RELEASE: GREENS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE CEASEFIRE IN GAZA https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2024/02/21/press-release-greens-call-for-immediate-ceasefire-in-gaza/ Wed, 21 Feb 2024 16:48:23 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2800 Friday 26 January 2024 At Wednesday evening’s Full Council Meeting the Labour administration voted down the Green Group’s motion (available here) calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel/Palestine conflict. Twenty Labour councillors (out of 58) were absent from the meeting, with just two Labour councillors and one Liberal Democrat voting for the motion. Cllr […]

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Friday 26 January 2024

At Wednesday evening’s Full Council Meeting the Labour administration voted down the Green Group’s motion (available here) calling for an immediate ceasefire in the Israel/Palestine conflict. Twenty Labour councillors (out of 58) were absent from the meeting, with just two Labour councillors and one Liberal Democrat voting for the motion.

Cllr Nicole Griffiths, Streatham St Leonard’s ward, says, 

“Our motion was not controversial – it was thoroughly researched, carefully considered and, crucially, based on humanitarian principles. Councils across the country are calling on the government to support an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. We’re extremely disappointed that this council will not support the immediate ceasefire that our motion calls for.”

Cllr Scott Ainslie adds,

“If national government and major opposition parties fail to do the right thing then let local and regional governments do it. This issue affects many people here in Lambeth. Lambeth Labour have taken a stand about many national and international issues before, why not this one?”

READ THE MOTION

Call for an immediate ceasefire and the end to human rights atrocities in the Israel/Palestine conflict

CONTACT

Zoe Peet – Green Group Support Officer

zpeet1@lambeth.gov.uk

020 7926 9456

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Elect Jacqueline Bond for Vauxhall Ward Councillor https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2023/09/14/2771/ Thu, 14 Sep 2023 21:24:55 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2771 Crowdfunder for Jacqueline Bond for Vauxhall Ward Councillor Jacqueline was Vauxhall’s constituency candidate for the Green Party in the 2019 general election and is already known in the area. In the video Jacqueline talks about what she is passionate about and explains why she will be an excellent local community campaigner for Vauxhall ward. The […]

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Crowdfunder for Jacqueline Bond for Vauxhall Ward Councillor

Jacqueline was Vauxhall’s constituency candidate for the Green Party in the 2019 general election and is already known in the area.


In the video Jacqueline talks about what she is passionate about and explains why she will be an excellent local community campaigner for Vauxhall ward.

The Green Party came second in Vauxhall ward at the last local elections in 2022. We need your help to reach enough voters to let them know that the Green Party is best placed to take the seat from Labour.

Labour hold 57 out of the 63 councillor seats in Lambeth. But it is our Green Party councillors who have been setting the agenda and doing a great job in holding the administration to account and making sure community voices are heard loud and clear.

Here is a tiny snippet of what our Green Cllrs have done over the past ten years

If you can support our crowdfunder please visit: elect-jacqueline-bond-for-vauxhall-ward-councillor or share the link on social media.

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PRESS RELEASE: Lambeth Green motion strongly defends our human rights https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/2023/07/19/press-release-lambeth-green-motion-strongly-defends-our-human-rights/ Wed, 19 Jul 2023 08:20:09 +0000 https://lambeth.greenparty.org.uk/?p=2519 Labour dilute Green democracy motion as administration fail to protect most fundamental of human rights  Concerned about the government’s authoritarian new Public Order Act, Green party councillors have tabled a motion calling on Lambeth Council to write to urge the Prime Minister to repeal the draconian legislation [1]. Lambeth Labour have failed to do so. […]

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Labour dilute Green democracy motion as administration fail to protect most fundamental of human rights 

Concerned about the government’s authoritarian new Public Order Act, Green party councillors have tabled a motion calling on Lambeth Council to write to urge the Prime Minister to repeal the draconian legislation [1]. Lambeth Labour have failed to do so.

Instead, Labour have watered down the Green motion and asked for an ‘amendment’ to the Act without explaining what these amendments would be. Labour have also removed all reference to the massive overreach of police powers as displayed during the King’s coronation and diluted Green opposition to the use of live facial recognition software in Lambeth after the event saw its largest ever operation in British history.[2]

By removing all teeth from the Green motion, Labour have dismissed a chorus of human rights organisations and legal observers who all support the Green call for a repeal of this undemocratic Act. The Act grants the police increased powers that include expanding suspicionless stop and search and banning individuals from participating in protests altogether. [3]

It is a shocking display of cowardice by the Labour administration not to take the strongest stance against this attack on our democracy by the Conservative government. The legislation has already been used to arrest members of the public en masse at the King’s coronation, including arrests of journalists as well as those who had no intention of protesting at all. [4]

Green Councillor Scott Ainslie states:

“The Labour Party has aided and abetted the Conservative’s crackdown on protest.

Our motion highlighted what human rights organisations have been saying since the Act’s inception – that it will erode key Human Rights provided for in the European Convention on Human Rights and is another example of a Conservative government set on criminalising and eradicating fundamental pillars of democracy. 

Labour in Parliament, the London Assembly and in Lambeth have severely failed people. 

If you believe in equality, the right to protest, freedom of expression, and are concerned about handing more powers to the Metropolitan Police Service deemed ‘institutionally racist, sexist, homophobic and broken’ by Baroness Casey, then Greens are the party for you. Not Labour.”

Green Councillor Nicole Griffiths says:

We are deeply concerned about the disproportionate impact increased stop and search powers and expansion of live facial recognition technology will have on our already overly-criminalised Black and brown communities in Lambeth. The technology, which was deployed in force at the King’s coronation, has been shown to be inaccurate over 80% of the time, and has been widely criticised as discriminatory by human rights organisations. [5]

To that end, we called upon the council to ban present and future use of live facial recognition technology in our borough. We are concerned about the obfuscatory language Labour have used to remove the clear position stated in our motion by merely asking for a suspension, not a repeal, of this Orwellian technology. This amendment demonstrates once again that they put the interests of state politics over and above  the protection of  democracy and the most vulnerable communities in Lambeth.”

Ends

[1] https://moderngov.lambeth.gov.uk/documents/s147889/Council%20Motions%2012%20July%202023.pdf 

[2] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/may/03/metropolitan-police-live-facial-recognition-in-crowds-at-king-charles-coronation 

[3] https://www.libertyhumanrights.org.uk/advice_information/public-order-act-new-protest-offences/ 

[4] https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2023/may/06/head-of-uks-leading-anti-monarchy-group-arrested-at-coronation-protest [5] https://files.lbr.cloud/public/2019-11/Human%20Rights%2C%20Big%20Data%20and%20Technology%20report.pdf

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