THE LEADER of a lockdown protest movement has spoken about why they are fighting regulations.

Louise Creffield, 33, a former member of Labour’s Executive Committee, is the chief of a controversial new Brighton chapter of Save our Rights UK.

She told The Argus: “We are doing this for the benefit of everybody.

“The whole premise of our group is that we are pro-rights and there is no doubt about it that human rights are being infringed upon.”

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The Government says lockdown restrictions are in place to limit the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

More people in Brighton are now dying from coronavirus in care homes, than in hospitals.

The Argus:

Ms Creffield said: “Every death is tragic, I agree with Lord Sumption who said that actually these people have these other co-morbidities and they usually only have two to three years left when they move into a care home.

“Unless we can outwit death in its entirety then, unfortunately, people sadly do die, but death is a factor of life.”

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The group faced fierce criticism, including from Ms Creffield’s former boss, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP.

The leader stressed the marches are about the infringement on civil liberties, not 5G or vaccines.

However, she said: “If they tried to make a vaccine that’s one thing, but as far as I’m concerned, if they tried to make it mandatory, our group would get involved.”

About 5G, she said: “There are members of our group who feel strongly, but our group is not about that.

“Do I believe there should be an independent safety check? Yes. You can’t sell a toaster without doing an independent safety check.”

The group is planning to protest again, near the Hove Lawns statue, on Monday.

She said she would be trying to get people to social distance, but said it was “like herding cats”.

Police vowed to take action on protesters before a planned march last weekend.

She said: “You’re not meant to gather, it could be deemed a gathering, but we mostly keep distancing and my speeches are very short.”

She finished: “Rights once lost are not regained that easily and we have to be really careful.”

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