Labour candidate ‘not intimidated’ as office smashed

by | Jun 23, 2024 | Politics

4 hours agoBy Catherine Evans,  BBC NewsStella CreasyA Labour parliamentary candidate has told vandals “you don’t intimidate me” after the window and door of her office were smashed. Walthamstow candidate Stella Creasy took to social media to post images of what police described as “entirely unacceptable” damage.The Metropolitan Police said the office on Orford Road, in the north-east London constituency, was targeted between 03:10 and 03:30 BST.An “urgent” investigation was under way, the force added, as it shared CCTV images of a hooded man it wanted to speak to who was seen in the area at the time of the incident.Met PoliceMet PoliceMs Creasy, who won the seat in the last four general elections, called for the “strongest penalties for such an anti-democratic attack”.Addressing those responsible for the damage, she wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “You don’t intimidate me and you don’t belong in the political process.”Same as those circulating malicious and false leaflets.”Police already on this to find you – will press for the strongest penalties… and I know Walthamstow won’t be cowed or influenced by your violence either.”Det Supt Dion Brown said officers were following up “active lines of inquiry”.He appealed for witnesses to contact police.A Labour spokesperson said: “We completely condemn any intimidation tactics towards candidates of any party.”It is vital to our democracy that parliamentary candidates are able to campaign freely.”Stella Creasy …

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[mwai_chat context=”Let’s have a discussion about this article:nn4 hours agoBy Catherine Evans,  BBC NewsStella CreasyA Labour parliamentary candidate has told vandals “you don’t intimidate me” after the window and door of her office were smashed. Walthamstow candidate Stella Creasy took to social media to post images of what police described as “entirely unacceptable” damage.The Metropolitan Police said the office on Orford Road, in the north-east London constituency, was targeted between 03:10 and 03:30 BST.An “urgent” investigation was under way, the force added, as it shared CCTV images of a hooded man it wanted to speak to who was seen in the area at the time of the incident.Met PoliceMet PoliceMs Creasy, who won the seat in the last four general elections, called for the “strongest penalties for such an anti-democratic attack”.Addressing those responsible for the damage, she wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter: “You don’t intimidate me and you don’t belong in the political process.”Same as those circulating malicious and false leaflets.”Police already on this to find you – will press for the strongest penalties… and I know Walthamstow won’t be cowed or influenced by your violence either.”Det Supt Dion Brown said officers were following up “active lines of inquiry”.He appealed for witnesses to contact police.A Labour spokesperson said: “We completely condemn any intimidation tactics towards candidates of any party.”It is vital to our democracy that parliamentary candidates are able to campaign freely.”Stella Creasy …nnDiscussion:nn” ai_name=”RocketNews AI: ” start_sentence=”Can I tell you more about this article?” text_input_placeholder=”Type ‘Yes'”]
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