Brian Haw wins battle to continue vigil.
A man who has held a four-year anti-war protest outside Parliament, has won a legal battle to continue his vigil.
From 1 August all protests in a half-mile zone in Westminster, London, must have prior permission from police.
But the High Court has ruled Brian Haw, 56, from Worcestershire, who claimed he was exempt as his protest pre-dated the new laws, can continue his protest.
But on Friday judges ruled by a 2-1 majority that secondary legislation could not be used to catch Mr Haw, who sleeps in the square in front of a large display of anti-war banners, placards and flags.
They also granted a declaration that Mr Haw is not required to seek authorisation to continue his protest.
A victory for peaceful protest. Maybe this'll show No Trousers Charlie how reactionary his new legislation on demonstrations around parliament is, although somehow I doubt it.