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Dominic Raab says ‘we’ve clearly got to do more’ to protect women as protestors gather for third night

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Dominic Raab has admitted there is “more” to do to improve safety for women on Britain’s streets more as protests were held against police being handed new powers to curb non-violent political rallies.

Demonstrators took to the streets of central London for a third straight night following widespread criticism of the Metropolitan Police’s handling of the vigil for Sarah Everard at Clapham Common on Saturday.

Activists chanted “kill the bill” as some carried banners, including one which said “the right to protest is a human right” outside Scotland Yard.

It came as the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill passed its second reading in the Commons by 359 votes to 263. It will now undergo further scrutiny at a later stage.

Police officers guard outside New Scotland Yard police headquarters

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The Foreign Secretary said that while new measures are being introduced, it was appalling that women still suffered fear, intimidation and threats.

Speaking on Sky News Mr Raab said: “I think it is appalling that women still suffer the fear, the intimidation, the threats – and I say that as a son, a husband and a brother of a sister.

“And that’s why we are increasing the number of police by 20,000, we’ve heard new measures to make the streets safer with CCTV and lighting overnight, we’ve got two bits of legislation going through the House of Commons to increase the sentencing.

“I was a justice minister twice – I’ve been looking at those issues, I worked on the regional increase in stalking sentences. But clearly we’ve got to do more.”

Four people were arrested and two received fixed penalty notices over Monday’s protests, but a Met spokesman said he was not aware of any issues on Tuesday.

As part of efforts to overhaul the justice system, the Government has proposed a raft of changes in the Bill.

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