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Conservative MP Calls On Police To "Continue To Respect The Right To Free Speech"

Conservative MP David Davis calls on police to respect the right to free speech

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Veteran Conservative MP David Davis has called on the police to "continue to respect the right to free speech" after protests following the death of the Queen.

Davis described himself as a “strong monarchist” in a letter to the Chief Constable of Police Scotland, Sir Iain Livingstone. 

In a letter dated on Monday, and published by the MP on Tuesday, Davis, who represents Haltemprice and Howden wrote: “With the accession of our new monarch, I would hope that the police will continue to respect the right to free speech.” 

He added: “I hope that members of the public will remain free to share their opinions and protest in regard to issues about which they feel strongly”. 

A number of people have been arrested in connection with protests at events following the Queen’s death last Thursday. 

The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said on Tuesday that the right to protest remains a “fundamental principle”. 

“The police have a challenging job to do over this period of mourning. The right to protest does remain a fundamental principle," they added. 

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