Independent panel will examine protests and demonstrations in Bolton

Tony Lloyd

Tony Lloyd

First published in News

AN INDEPENDENT panel to examine major protests and demonstrations in Bolton and across Greater Manchester has been set up by the region’s police and crime commissioner.

The panel will provide strategic advice on how police manage major demonstrations, as well as being actively involved in police operations during live events.

Members have been drawn from across Greater Manchester’s diverse communities, and bring with them experience on protest and trade union activism, politics, policing, community relations, media and youth engagement.

The first meeting will take place next week. As well as discussing the role and remit of the panel, members will discuss recent major demonstrations in Greater Manchester including the ongoing protest at Barton Moss.

Bolton police and crime commissioner, Tony Lloyd has set up the panel with the full support of Greater Manchester Police’s Chief Constable Sir Peter Fahy.

GMP will provide information to the panel on its procedures on policing protests, and will involve members in the planning stages.

In addition, panel members will be present during live operations to observe and provide advice.

Mr Lloyd said: “Greater Manchester has a great history of protest and I am proud to say that I have been on many demonstrations throughout the years.

“As public servants, police have a duty to ensure that people’s freedom to peacefully protest is both facilitated and respected. This is frequently a challenge, as they are often thrown into the middle of conflicting and competing rights.

“GMP has a good record in policing protests. But there has also been issues of legitimate public concern raised — this panel will ensure that there is independent scrutiny of how police approach demonstrations in our region.

“I’m confident that it will build both trust and public confidence in our police service.”

The panel will meet quarterly and will report regularly to Mr Lloyd.

Its findings and recommendations will be made public on the GMPCC website.

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2:47pm Tue 4 Mar 14

wsw69 says...

Here we go again! Tony 'full of his self importance' Lloyd trying to justify his unneeded and over salaried role.

I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing him warble on, not to mention the BN keep having him being featured countless times a month. About time this bloke was put out to grass
Here we go again! Tony 'full of his self importance' Lloyd trying to justify his unneeded and over salaried role. I'm sick to the back teeth of hearing him warble on, not to mention the BN keep having him being featured countless times a month. About time this bloke was put out to grass wsw69
  • Score: 11

8:35pm Tue 4 Mar 14

DaleGreen says...

So long as everyone's rights are respected. Far too often we see protesters only thinking about their rights. They have the right to protest, but it should be a protest - not a legal right to shut things down they don't like. That should be up to the democracy to decide and if they cannot win the democracy over then they have no right to stop what has public majority support.

What we have seen over fracking is the protest movement become more aggressive and assertive as it fails to win public and political support.

That is not how a democracy should work. We all have 1 vote - not 'we all have one vote, but don't do what I want and I'll make your life hell'.
So long as everyone's rights are respected. Far too often we see protesters only thinking about their rights. They have the right to protest, but it should be a protest - not a legal right to shut things down they don't like. That should be up to the democracy to decide and if they cannot win the democracy over then they have no right to stop what has public majority support. What we have seen over fracking is the protest movement become more aggressive and assertive as it fails to win public and political support. That is not how a democracy should work. We all have 1 vote - not 'we all have one vote, but don't do what I want and I'll make your life hell'. DaleGreen
  • Score: 1

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