Councillor Deirdre Alden speech on reality of vigils at Birmingham City Council meeting
Having been for 18 years the Councillor for the area in which the MSI facility is situated, Alden stated that no issues have been reported to her, and she questioned the evidence-basis for claims of “harassment” or “intimidation”. Despite this, the Labour majority whipped a vote in favour of the motion, which consequently passed.
The Motion condemned ‘40 Days for Life’ vigils outside the Marie Stopes (MSI) Birmingham Centre on Arthur Road in Edgbaston, and committed the Council to explore the implementation of speech-chilling measures to stop the vigils.
Despite the important free speech implications of the vote, only four speakers were able to speak: three in favour of the Motion, and only one against.
Although no evidence was presented that any “harassment” or “intimidation” was occurring there, and despite the Councillor for the area in which the MSI facility is based stating that no issues have been reported, the Labour majority whipped a vote in favour of the motion, which consequently passed.
Cllr. Hamilton’s Motion can be read, here: http://bit.ly/2AutrnK