- Neil ParpworthNeil ParpworthAssociate Professor in Law, De Montfort University
This chapter considers laws governing freedom of assembly and public order in the UK. The discussion covers rights and freedoms, and the powers of the police to preserve public peace and maintain public order. The chapter examines the concept of a breach of the peace and the circumstances in which the police may take action to prevent a breach from occurring. The chapter also focuses on the Public Order Act 1986, including provisions on racially or religiously aggravated public order offences, and the control of processions and assemblies. Finally, the chapter examines statutory provisions specifically aimed at controlling or restricting demonstrations in the vicinity of Parliament.