Public Order

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:45 pm on 15th June 2020.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel The Secretary of State for the Home Department 4:45 pm, 15th June 2020

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. The British public have made enormous sacrifices throughout the covid crisis, and it is right, as I have said, that the sacrifices they have made and the hard-won gains we have made as a country in tackling coronavirus are not lost through these gatherings. He is right, and I, too, would urge the Mayor of London, as I have been doing —as have the police, and the Met commissioner as well—to stand firm and discourage these gatherings. Quite frankly, if the Mayor of London is not prepared to do that, then we will absolutely do that, and fill that void.