MPs Condemn Aggressive Mobs Targeting Homes: A Growing Security Concern

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UK (Parliament Politic Magazine) – Conservative MPs condemn aggressive mobs targeting their homes amid rising security concerns over protests linked to the Israel-Gaza conflict.

PM lashes out at “aggressive mobs” targeting MPs. Rishi Sunak has condemned an “aggressive mob” who targeted the home of a Conservative MP over the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Mob mobilized outside the family home of Conservative former minister Tobias Ellwood on Monday night,  brandishing flags, placards, and a megaphone and blaming him of complicity in “genocide.” 

It came after fellow Tory MP Mike Freer informed he was quitting politics following a spate of abuse. Ellwood, who represents Bournemouth East and is a former defense minister, was at home with his children during the protest, which ended at about 9 pm on Monday and was followed by police as part of a security scheme to protect the homes and offices of MPs.

Approximately 80 activists had lined the street outside Mr Ellwood’s home for several hours,  some carrying placards depicting a picture of him with the words “complicit in genocide” across his face.

Pulling no points, Mr Sunak expressed today: “Democracy is built on free debate – but increasingly, MPs have been targeted by aggressive mobs for exercising those freedoms.

“We will never let those who intimidate prevail. It’s paramount that MPs’ security is protected and our democratic values upheld. Nothing is more important.”

MP’s security is a growing crisis, and yesterday, Conservative Jonathan Gullis disclosed he has bulletproof clingfilm on the windows of his home.

He stated: “Anyone in my community can challenge me. But if you dare come near my house, believe me, if the police aren’t going to take action, I’ll take action into my own hands.

“I’m not having my three-year-old daughter, my two-year-old son, and my fiancée put in danger because a bunch of thugs want to turn up outside my house and intimidate.

“My children and my fiancée should not fall victim to the fact that I happen to be the MP and that I have a certain view, which may not be shared in my own household.”

It has also come to light that, the day before, Protesters also gathered outside the London residence of UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak to denounce the Israeli attacks on Rafah in Gaza and call on his government to demand a ceasefire.

According to Iranian media, Hundreds of people have gathered outside British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s office, demanding the government use its leverage to prevent Israel from launching its intended invasion of the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah. They also called Sunak a war criminal over his staunch backing for the occupying regime.

Moreover, last October, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak warned protesters not to show up in London on Armistice Day, when Palestinian supporters planned to rally against the Israel-Hamas war.

The UK leader stated that planning protests for November 11, a day of remembrance for soldiers killed in the two world wars and subsequent conflicts, was “provocative and disrespectful.”

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“There is a clear and present risk that the Cenotaph and other war memorials could be desecrated, something that would be an affront to the British public and the values we stand for,” he expressed.

Beth Malcolm

Beth Malcolm is Scottish based Journalist at Heriot-Watt University studying French and British Sign Language. She is originally from the north west of England but is living in Edinburgh to complete her studies.