Scrutiny of cops' plans for 26 March demo

28 February 2011

London police chiefs will be quizzed by MPs and Lords tomorrow over their tactics for the trade union 'March for the alternative' in the city on Saturday 26 March.

Members of the joint parliamentary committee on human rights have already expressed concerns about police trapping demonstrators in so-called kettles during recent protests.

The committee will take evidence from police and representatives of the Trades Union Congress (TUC) from 2.25pm on Tuesday 1 March in committee room 5 in the Palace of Westminster

The witnesses due to appear are: Metropolitan police assistant commissioner Lynne Owens; commander Bob Broadhurst , head of public order at the Met; Jo Kaye, assistant inspector, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary; Nigel Stanley , TUC head of campaigns and communications); and Carl Roper, TUC employee and chief steward for 26 March demonstration.

The session is open to the public. Enter parliament by the visitors entrance next to St  Stephen’s Gate and allow 20 minutes for queuing.

PCS is urging as many members as possible to attend the 26 March demo and to bring their friends and family.

Details of transport from near where you live

‘March for the alternative' website

‘There is an alternative’ – read PCS’s economic policy

Parliamentary human rights committee

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