Julian Huppert calls for reform of Public Order Act
November 5, 2011 12:00 AM
Julian Huppert MP is supporting an amendment to the Protection of Freedoms Bill
Lib Dem MP, Julian Huppert, has called for reform of the Public Order Act.
Section 5 of the Public Order Act 1986 criminalises all those who use "threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour" within the hearing or sight of a person "likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress". This has resulted in the suppression of free speech, particularly in cases involving the differences of opinion over religion - the return of blasphemy laws by the back door.