Lobby briefing: Baroness Sue Miller

Baroness Sue Miller, author of the Public Demonstrations (Repeal) Bill, on the legality of protests in Parliament Square.

- Will Gordon Brown reverse the ban on unauthorised protests taking place in Parliament Square?

I think it's quite possible that he will reverse the ban, which was brought in by the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act.

- Why do you think that?

One reason is that I imagine the police are fed up with having to fiddle about with something that everyone knows is nothing to do with terrorism. The other is that I expect the new Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, will want to bring in further anti-terrorism measures. If they want to avoid the accusation of heavy-handedness, repealing this would be an easy area to appear reasonable on.

- What's the best-case scenario?

That they go back to what was there before. I expect, though, that they'll keep something about permanent encampments, because they're pretty unpopular with MPs.

- Will you continue to pursue your bill?

As soon as we've had the Queen's Speech, I'll bring it back. At the moment, the Government claims there isn't time for a committee stage - that will no longer be the case. But plan B was always to add my bill as an amendment to any new terrorism bill that arises. That probably has a better chance of succeeding.

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