Government tells police to crackdown on protests at MP’s homes after Gaza Commons furore

The home secretary has said police must crackdown on mobs who intimidate MPs at their homes after the Commons speaker warned of ‘frightening’ threats against politicians. James Cleverly called for democracy to be defended, hours after Rishi Sunak said parliament should never bow to “extremists”. Sir Lindsay Hoyle cited fears over MPs safety after he was accused of “hijacking” a debate on Gaza and ripping up parliamentary procedure to favour Labour. Rishi Sunak and Keir Starmer’s homes have also been targeted by Just Stop Oil protesters. The group’s leader Sarah Lunnon defended their right to protest outside the homes of MPs saying on Radio 4’s Today programme, saying “people are no longer safe in their homes, are our politicians have a duty to protect us and they’re not doing it”. Mr Cleverly hit back her defence, calling it “nonsense”. “Someone saying: ‘I’m standing outside someone’s private house in numbers, but we don’t seek to intimidate’, I’m sorry, that’s clearly nonsense,” he said. “Where a mob of people are outside someone’s private residence, clearly with the intention of distorting their future votes, that is unacceptable and we expect the police to deal with it.” The home secretary also said that although...

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