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Tom Watson, the MP for West Bromwich East, told protestors the Digital Economy Bill was one of the most complex he had seen in his nine years in parliament.
He said the fast-tracking of the bill through the Commons would be "nothing short of a constitutional impropriety", and protestors "have to campaign to stop it".
"Whatever your views on copyright reform, it is simply unacceptable that the elected chamber of the House of Commons does not have the time to debate this," Watson said.
The Labour MP also voiced criticism of a provision — which will be replaced or altered by the government — that would lead to website blocking at the request of rights holders. "Blocking websites — they do it in China; we should not be doing it in the United Kingdom," he said.
ZDNet UK later asked Watson whether he thought the protest would make a difference. "It will make it harder for the bill to be bounced through," he replied. "Some MPs are deeply troubled about the fact that this could be bounced through in 90 minutes."
Watson added that the letter-writing campaign against the bill had led many MPs — six on Wednesday alone — to ask him what their constituents were complaining about.