'Enabling radical extremism!' Tory MP slams parliament protests - 'it is very frightening'

'Enabling radical extremism!' Tory MP slams parliament protests - 'it is very frightening'
'Enabling radical extremism"' Tory MP slams parliament protests 'it is very frightening'
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Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 22/02/2024

- 19:37

Thousands of people protested outside of the parliament

Conservative MP for Peniston and Stocksbridge Miriam Cates has slammed the "frightening" protests outside the House of Commons.

This comes as thousands of Pro-Palestine protesters gathered outside of the Houses of Parliament yesterday evening as MPs prepare to vote on the ceasefire amendment.

Chants of "ceasefire now" and "free Palestine" could be heard while people waved black, white, green and red flags and held up posters.

The PSC claimed they were informed that protesters were not allowed into Parliament because of "a special procedure which specifies that those lobbying for Palestinian rights are limited to 50 people max in Parliament at any time".

Miriam Cates

Miriam Cates slammed the protesters

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Speaking to GB News Cates said: "Threats from violent extremists, are putting so much pressure on MPs, particularly Labour MPs, that Sir Keir Starmer felt that he had to put pressure on Lindsay Hoyle for the votes to go his way.

"That's unacceptable for our democracy. This is not about party politics.

"At the end of the day, the MPs and the Speaker's first duty is to preserve our democracy. That is incredibly important.

"Yesterday the integrity of our democracy was threatened and I think it's very serious. This is why Suella Braverman, when she was Home Secretary, called for those protests to be stopped because they are enabling this radical extremism.

Protests in parliament

Thousands protested on Parliament Square yesterday evening


"This terrorist supporting anti-Jew sentiment on our streets is enabling people to feel emboldened, to target MPs, to target people in public life.

"This has been going on for over four months now. It's become, a stronger and stronger force on our streets. I know British Jews who won't go out in London anymore at the weekends, who feel like they need to leave the country.

"That's a terrifying prospect. And yesterday, from inside Parliament, it was very frightening.

"We were being told by the House authorities which entrances we couldn't use for our security.

Miriam Cates

She claimed it was "frightening"

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"I spoke in that debate. I have to admit, I thought twice about speaking at that debate because of my safety and the safety of my family.

"I changed some of the words in that debate that I used because of those fears. And that's not right. Of course, MPs should be listening to the public.

"We should be listening to our constituents.

"But we should be speaking and voting based on what we think is right, not based on the violence that we fear might happen to us."

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