Finchley and Golders Green MP, Mike Freer, has today raised the planned anti-Semitic demonstration with the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s Questions. The question in the House of Commons follows a concerted effort by Mike, the Metropolitan Police and the Home Office to ensure that residents are protected during the protest.
The text of the question and response is as follows:
Mike Freer: “On Saturday 4th of July, a far-right, neo-Nazi group are planning a demonstration in Golders Green, an area with a large Jewish population. Would my Right Honourable Friend agree with me and join with me, in calling on the police to use all their public order powers to combat this anti-Semitic demonstration?”
David Cameron: “I think my Honourable Friend speaks for the whole House and I can tell him that the Home Secretary has recently written to the Metropolitan Police Commissioner about this specific demonstration, and set out that where any criminal offences are committed, and where individuals have demonstrated anti-Semitic hostility, they should face the full force of the law.
We do have freedom of speech and freedom of assembly in our country, but people should not feel free to extend to harassment or threatening behaviour. That is not permitted and that should be prosecuted.”