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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:31 pm on 22nd January 2020.

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Photo of Brandon Lewis Brandon Lewis The Minister of State, Home Department 12:31 pm, 22nd January 2020

First, as I said earlier, the police in this country have independence, and it is important that we protect and respect that. They have said that this was an error of judgment. They have withdrawn the document and are reviewing it. The guidance documents that Counter Terrorism Policing produces are used across policing and by partners to deal with groups, including at public events in public venues. The hon. Lady refers to COP 26, which is coming up soon and is a tremendous opportunity for this country to outline what we do. I have absolute confidence that our police will do as they always do at these events, which is to do our country very proud.