21 October Clubnight: What will the ASB Act mean for freedom?

PSPOs imageThe Anti-Social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act will give the police and councils broad new powers to ban activities in public spaces, restrict the behaviour of particular individuals, and to disperse people from an area and confiscate their property.

This meeting - the day after enactment - will discuss the significance of these new measures, and their effect on public liberties.

Do such open-ended powers completely transform the role of UK local authorities and police? How much of a break do they represent from previous Orders controlling behaviour in public spaces? How is the ASB Act likely to be used, and what will it mean for freedom in public spaces? Is there a problem with ‘anti-social behaviour’ or incivility in public life, and how might this problem alternatively be tackled?

This meeting will bring together different groups and individuals concerned about these new powers, to discuss ways of taking them on in the period ahead.

Speakers: Jonny Walker (director, Keep Streets Live); Simon Calvert (campaign director, Reform Clause 1 Campaign; and The Christian Institute); Matthew Varnham (legal adviser, Occupy London and other protest groups); Val Stevenson (The Pavement Magazine); Josie Appleton (director, Manifesto Club).

Date: 21 October
When: doors open 7pm (discussion begins 7.45pm).
Where: The Vibe Bar (Pavilion room, upstairs), 91-95 Brick Lane, E1 6QL. See map


The Manifesto Club is involved in a number of debates at the 2014 Battle of Ideas, including:

  • Banning buskers: performance and discussion, Saturday 18 October, 10.00 until 11.30
  • Computer says no? Vetting, barring and child protection revisited, Saturday 18 October, 12.00 until 13.00
  • Fighting for freedom – the next 10 years: a working seminar for activists to discuss what next, Saturday 18 October, 17.30 until 18.45
  • Criminalising football fans, Thursday 30 October, 19.00 until 21.00, Doggett's Coat and Badge, 1 Blackfriars Bridge, London, SE1 9UD UK Satellite Events 2014