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Leader of Christian People's Alliance fined for abortion leafleting

by Heather Preston

The Leader of the Christian People's Alliance has been fined for leaving leaflets about abortion at a Marie Stopes clinic.

Sid Cordle will have to pay £100 after he breached a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) in Ealing. 

An exclusion zone was put in place outside the local Marie Stopes clinic last year to prevent pro-life campaigners approaching women as they entered the building.

Cordle was fined under Section 28 of the anti-social behaviour, crime and policing act 2014, for placing leaflets about the termination of pregnancy in two entrances to the building whilst attending a pro-life vigil that took place outside of the clinics exclusion.

Speaking to Premier, Cordle said he was "amazed" to receive the fine as he "did not speak to anyone" whilst in the exclusion zone and argues that the purpose of PSPOs is being misused at the clinic to "clamp down on all opposition to abortion."

"It was never the intention of Parliament, when they introduced the anti-social behaviour, crime and policing act that their PSPOs should relate to people depositing leaflets somewhere," he said.

The PSPO states that it is in place to prevent people entering the clinic from being in any way harassed.

Cordle says he doesn't believe his actions are in breach of these terms and the penalty is a "gross injustice."

"I didn't speak to anybody going into the clinic, I'd certainly not breached what they said was the purpose of the public space protection order - to prevent anyone being spoken to who was entering the clinic.

"I don't believe I have broken the law," he added.

Cordle says he will pay the fine but plans to take the matter up with Parliament.

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