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Why 'insulting' words and behaviour are no longer a crime

The crime of "insulting" someone through words or behaviour is to be scrapped after pressure from the House of Lords.

The law once led to the arrest of a student who asked a mounted police office whether his horse was gay.

Home Secretary Theresa May confirmed to MPs that the government would not seek to overturn a Lords amendment scrapping the ban.

The former Director of Public Prosecutions Lord Macdonald told BBC Radio 5 live Victoria Derbyshire that it was a "good day for free speech".

  • 15 Jan 2013
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