The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts (PCSC) Bill was introduced in March 2021. Over 300 pages long, the Bill represented an assault on the rights and freedoms of the UK public, particularly the right to protest and criminalising Gypsy and Traveller communities’ way of life. Five organisations – Liberty, Friends of the Earth, Quakers in Britain, Friends, Families & Travellers and Bond – established the Police Bill Alliance (PBA) to campaign against parts of the Bill. The same organisations comprised the core group that coordinated the campaign.
This learning summary draws on reflections from members of the Police Bill Alliance (PBA). The authors have attempted to reflect the diversity of opinions shared. As such it is not intended to represent consensus nor the position of any one individual or organisation. Rather it seeks to highlight the range of opinions shared in terms of what worked well and what could be improved, in the hope that it may be useful for future coalition campaigning efforts.