Wes Streeting reveals shocking impact of threats from pro-Palestine campaigners

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Wes Streeting reveals shocking impact of threats from pro-Palestine campaigners

Labour shadow minister admits:'I don't travel at the moment on public transport alone'

Lee Harpin is the Jewish News's political editor

Wes Streeting. (photo credit: Stefan Rousseau)
Wes Streeting. (photo credit: Stefan Rousseau)

Wes Streeting has revealed he no longer travels alone on public transport after being threatened with violence by pro-Palestine campaigners.

The shadow cabinet minister, standing as the Labour candidate in Ilford North, said: “I don’t mind scrutiny, I don’t mind disagreement,” he said. “That’s democracy.”

But Streeting added: “No one should be subjected to threats and intimidation. I’ve had a death threat since the war in Gaza broke out, and I’ve had threats of violence.

“I have had to change the way I do things, change my movements, change my routine. It means I don’t travel at the moment on public transport alone.”

Streeting has been targeted by pro-Palestine campaigners ever since Israel responded to the October 7th terror attack, and alongside candidates from the Tory and Lib Dem parties faces a challenge from an independent standing on a Palestine ticket.

He told the Mail on Sunday: “The irony is I’ve been highly critical of Israel. I have been a long-standing advocate for an independent Palestinian state. Where I draw the line is I don’t think that to be pro-Palestinian is to excuse or justify in any way the barbarity of October 7.”

Streeting said that while some might not vote for him over the Gaza issue “many more” would be voting Labour because they wanted a change of government.

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