South Swindon MP Robert Buckland has told a Green Party peer to "get real" after she criticised the Government's controversial anti-protest bill. 

Baroness Jenny Jones labelled the bill as 'oppressive Russian-style legislation' while talking to LBC Radio's Eddie Mair, prompting an exasperated response from the former Justice Secretary.

"Hyperbole! If you start citing examples of Russia and other dictatorships you lose the argument. This is about balance, not a dictatorship, come on, get real!" he said. 

In a bid to crackdown on 'eco-zealots' the government announced a new wave of anti-protest powers in a new Public Order Bill during the Queen's speech which aims to disrupt the disruption caused by groups like Insulate Britain and Extinction Rebellion.

It will make “locking on” a specific criminal offence, punishable by up to six months in prison. “Interfering with key national infrastructure” will also become an offence with a sentence of up to a year in jail.

Blocking highways will carry a higher penalty to punish what policing minister Kit Malthouse recently said to LBC Radio were "often Waitrose card-holders."

It has also been reported that police will gain greater powers to stop and search in a bid to prevent disruptive protests and repeat offenders will be given "Protest Asbos" to impose conditions. 

Many of the new measures proposed had already been rejected by the House of Lords when they voted on the Policing Bill which became law in April, sparking anger from human rights groups and activists for trying to force them through again in a new bill. 

But Mr Buckland insists that the government is protecting 'thousands of ordinary people' from protestors who think they have a 'God-given right to disrupt.'

"We can't ignore the genuine concerns of thousands of ordinary people who are disrupted by activity that goes well beyond what is necessary. I utterly disagree with the suggestion that just because you agree with a cause then the disruptive activity is right."

He would go on to attack comparisons of modern-day protestors to the suffragettes and the disruptive activity they used to further the cause for women's rights against "appalling" and "draconian" government laws.

"We're not in that position. What we are trying to do is to make sure that while protesting ann freedom of expression is really important, at the same time people don't think they have some sort of God-given right to disrupt the rest of our ordinary lives."