Great News! Last Thursday Brighton and Hove became the first place in the country to formally oppose the gagging law.
Brighton and Hove councillors debated and passed a motion against the gagging law.  38 Degrees members sent over 1600 emails to councillors asking them to back the campaign for freedom of speech - and it definitely had an effect! Councillors don’t often get involved in Westminster policies, so the fact that this motion was voted on - and passed - just shows how controversial the gagging law is.
And in the lead up to January’s massive public meeting on the gagging law, news like this is really important.
Mike Weatherley, the MP for Hove, has still not said he’s coming. And Simon Kirby, Brighton Kemptown MP, has put the date in his diary, but hasn’t 100% confirmed yet. The more the gagging law is on the local political agenda, the more pressure these MPs will be under to join in the debate.
Make sure you’ve saved the date for the public meeting in your diary! It’s on Thursday 9th January, and it looks like it’s going to be an amazing event.
If you haven’t done so already you can RSVP on facebook here:
Or in the comments section of the blog here:
This could spark a movement in councils across the UK. Brighton and Hove was the first council to take a stand and publicly oppose the gagging law, but it could inspire other councils to do the same thing!