Mike Freer MP with Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl and Home Secretary James Cleverly at a Jewish communal meeting in North London January 2024. Photo: © Board of Deputies of British Jews

That an MP is leaving politics due to attacks, threats, and abuse, should be widespread cause for concern

After Mike Freer MP announced yesterday that he would be standing down at the next election due in part to violent threats, an arson attack on his office, and the constant abuse he receives for his pro-Israel positions, the Board of Deputies has issued the following statement:

Since his election as an MP in 2010, Mike Freer has been one of the Jewish community’s most stalwart supporters in British politics. The fact that he has decided not to seek nomination again as an MP due in part to the threats and abuse he has received should be widespread cause for concern. We thank Mike for his service as MP for the constituency with the largest Jewish community in the country, and are proud to call him a friend.

Since his election as an MP in 2010, Mike Freer has been one of the Jewish community's most stalwart supporters in British politics. The fact that he has decided not to seek nomination again as an MP due in part to the threats and abuse he has received should be widespread cause for concern. We thank Mike for his service as MP for the constituency with the largest Jewish community in the country, and are proud to call him a friend.

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