On Tuesday, 10 October, Ealing Council overwhelming passed a motion to end harassment and intimidation outside the Marie Stopes women’s health clinic on Mattock Lane, West Ealing.
Of the 61 councillors present at the full council meeting, 58 voted in favour of the motion, two abstained and in line with convention, the Mayor did not vote.
The premise of the motion was to ‘protect the rights of individuals from harassment and intimidation when accessing legally existing health services at the Marie Stopes Clinic and of local residents not to be exposed to related disruption and distress on a daily basis’.
The full motion can be read below.
Following a complaint about behaviours of protesters outside the Marie Stopes clinic on Mattock Lane, West Ealing, Ealing Council started investigating concerns. This investigation began in July 2017 and is currently ongoing.
Once the investigation is complete the evidence gathered will be reviewed and at that point the council will consider all the options available to be pursued based on the findings.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “It was clear last night that there is overwhelming support to tackle this issue and that is what we will do.
“The next steps are for council officers to continue to carry out an in depth investigation to gather evidence to allow for all options to be considered.
“As I stated at the meeting, I find the continuing protests on Mattock Lane deeply disturbing and we are resolved to find a permanent resolution. Ealing Council will always stand up for the rights of local residents and for all to access their healthcare options free from intimidation and bullying behaviour.”
The motion from Councillor Binda Rai can be viewed here.
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