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Who firebombed the workplace of outspoken pro-Israel MP Mike Freer? Police examine a suspected arson assault after the Tory politician is focused

  • A hearth broke out at Mike Freer’s constituency workplace at 7pm on Christmas Eve 

A suspected arson assault on the workplace of Tory MP Mike Freer is being investigated by police.

The MP for Finchley and Golders Inexperienced, who has been outspoken on the Israel-Hamas battle all through his profession, was alerted to a fireplace breaking out behind his constituency workplace at 7pm on Christmas Eve.

Mr Freer has mentioned the motivation continues to be unknown, although investigators have recommended the blaze was began ‘intentionally’.

The MP, who’s homosexual, was focused by an Islamic State fanatic in 2022 and now represents a constituency with a big Jewish inhabitants.

The justice minister mentioned the response from police and the fireplace brigade was ‘glorious’ and that they have been ‘on website in minutes’. 

The burnt out window at the rear of MP Mike Freer's office in Ballards Lane in Finchley

The burnt out window on the rear of MP Mike Freer’s workplace in Ballards Lane in Finchley

Mr Freer speaks after winning the Finchley & Golders Green constituency in north London for the 2019 General Election

Mr Freer speaks after successful the Finchley & Golders Inexperienced constituency in north London for the 2019 Basic Election

A suspected arson attack on the office of Tory MP Mike Freer is being investigated by police

A suspected arson assault on the workplace of Tory MP Mike Freer is being investigated by police

He added: ‘The police are nonetheless investigating and testing CCTV footage… Till the suspects are caught we can’t know the motivation. Fortunately nobody was within the workplace on the time.’

Finchley and Golders Inexperienced Conservatives posted a picture of a badly broken workplace house within the aftermath of the fireplace on social media tonight.

The constituency workplace was as soon as utilized by former prime minister Margaret Thatcher.

Since being elected in 2010, Mr Freer has revealed he has suffered 13 ‘very threatening’ incidents.

‘I’ve had Molotov cocktails left on the doorstep, and notes left on the automobile,’ he mentioned earlier this yr. ‘And on prime of that, routine vandalism. A number of the incidents have been very threatening.’

Though the probe into the motivation of the suspected arson assault continues to be ongoing, the incident comes after rising tensions over the Center East battle and threats and intimidation of politicians.

Mr Freer is a member of Conservative Mates of Israel (CFI) and has been outspoken on Israeli-Palestinian relations in recent times.

In 2014, he resigned as a minister to vote towards a nonbinding Home of Commons movement recognizing the state of Palestine. ‘It is a problem I really feel strongly about and it was the correct factor to do for my constituents,’ he mentioned on the time.

The MP for Finchley and Golders Green, who has been outspoken on the Israel-Hamas conflict throughout his career, was alerted to a fire breaking out at the back of his constituency office

The MP for Finchley and Golders Inexperienced, who has been outspoken on the Israel-Hamas battle all through his profession, was alerted to a fireplace breaking out behind his constituency workplace 

The constituency office was once used by former prime minister Margaret Thatcher

The constituency workplace was as soon as utilized by former prime minister Margaret Thatcher

‘I have been a supporter of Israel and the two-state resolution lengthy earlier than getting concerned with Finchley and Golders Inexperienced. This resolution was rooted in my private beliefs, not simply the constituency.’

After Hamas launched its October 7 assault on Israel, he urged the Authorities to launch repatriation flights for Britons stranded in Israel. 

He has repeatedly criticised the Authorities’s ‘heated, poisonous debates’ over LGBTQ+ points, and likened its therapy of transgender folks to the discourse round homosexual folks within the Seventies and 80s.

Final yr he vowed to put on a stab vest after studying he was a goal of Ali Harbi Ali, who killed his colleague Sir David Amess.

Since Sir David’s homicide, Mr Freer mentioned his husband was ‘anxious’ about him strolling alone or utilizing the Tube or bus. ‘Resulting from this he feels that he all the time needs to be with me when outdoors and will not permit me to be by myself,’ he mentioned. ‘If he is aware of I’m travelling he must know the place I’m, how I am travelling and when I’ll arrive.

‘My husband and I are actually aware of anybody hanging round by my residence or on the workplace.’

Tory Get together chairman Richard Holden mentioned: ‘Completely appalling suspected arson assault on the workplace of the Finchley Tories and Mike Freer on Christmas Eve. Thank goodness nobody was injured’

The Metropolitan Police mentioned: ‘The reason for the fireplace is below investigation as it’s believed it could have been began intentionally. Additional inquiries will happen.’

The Israel-Hamas battle has led to a collection of threats towards MPs on either side of the divide.

Some Labour MPs who refused to again a ceasefire have been focused by pro-Palestine activists. Apsana Begum, who supported a ceasefire, mentioned she had obtained ‘Islamophobic abuse and dying threats.’

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