Lib Dems Call for End of Vagrancy Act

Since May 2016, Labour-run Bristol City Council has arrested and charged multiple rough sleepers across the city.

The Liberal Democrats are leading the campaign locally and nationally against the Vagrancy Act of 1824, which allows people to be arrested simply for being on the streets.

The Lib Dems have put pressure on the Prime Minister to back our calls to scrap the law, including introducing a bill in Parliament to outlaw the practice. Sadly, however, the Prime Minister felt that arresting rough sleepers is something she is happy for her government to sponsor.

Many Redland residents said they were shocked and appalled when they learnt of the Labour council using the bill to arrest rough sleepers in areas like Clifton and across the city centre.

Whilst we work to change the law nationally, your local Lib Dems are looking to start the change in Bristol, with a petition calling on the council to stop using the Vagrancy Act. Local campaigner James Cox said “It’s time to consign this Dickensian law to the history books I hope everyone in the city will back our campaign.”

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