Starmer wants to protect schools from anti-vaccination protesters
Exclusion orders should be used by councils to prevent anti-vaccination protesters from protesting outside schools, according to Labour l Sir Keir described the demonstrators’ dissemination of “dangerous falsehoods” to minors as “sickening.”
He encouraged the government to revise the law “immediately” so that exclusion zones can be quickly established around school gates. Ministers have expressed worry about such demonstrations as well.eader Sir Keir Starmer.
It is entirely unacceptable for children, teachers, or parents to be bullied and harassed outside their school by anti-vaccination protesters outside Schools selling disinformation and deadly lies about the life-saving immunization programme, Home Secretary Priti Patel said in a statement to the Daily Telegraph.
According to a recent poll by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), over 8 out of 10 schools have been targeted by anti-vaccine demonstrators. The majority of this was done via emails threatening legal action, but the ASCL reported that in certain situations, personnel had been threatened with bodily damage, and demonstrators had obtained entry to school facilities on other occasions.
A head teacher at a Gateshead school said anti-vaccine protesters had upset students by displaying them photographs of what appeared to be dead children earlier this month. Sir Keir, a former director of public prosecutions, believes that local authorities should have the authority to instantly impose public space protection orders provided the school, council leader, and local police chief constable agree.
Previously, such orders were used to evict demonstrators from outside abortion providers, but they are time-consuming to set them. The fast-track instructions, according to Labour, could be in place in five days and last for six months.
Sir Keir explained that Vaccine uptake among children is alarmingly low, and the government’s deployment is excruciatingly sluggish. In this public health emergency, everything must be done to have individuals who are eligible vaccinated as soon as possible.