Tuckers Challenges Ealing’s Public Spaces Protection Order
Andre Clovis of Tuckers Solicitors’ Police Actions Department, assisted by Lucinda Hawthorn, acts for Alina Dulgheriu who is challenging the Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) imposed by Ealing Council. The PSPO prevents pro-life vigils offering support from being held outside the abortion clinic on Mattock Lane, thereby restricting Alina and others’ rights to freedom of expression, freedom of religion and freedom of assembly.
After the High Court upheld the PSPO at a hearing last year, the Court of Appeal has now granted permission to hear the challenge, and will decide whether Ealing’s PSPO is lawful. The hearing date is expected to be listed for later this year.
This is an important step in the strive for freedom of expression. This fundamental human right is paramount in a democratic society, and must not be infringed apart from in a limited number of cases.