An official review is poised to recommend a legal amendment empowering the police to prohibit pro-Palestinian marches, citing their potential impact on the Jewish community. The Telegraph has the story.
Lord Walney, the Government’s independent adviser on political violence and disruption, said British Jews were facing an “emergency” because of an “explosion” in antisemitic incidents linked to the marches.
John Woodcock, a former Labour MP, was ennobled as Lord Walney in 2020. He resigned from the party to sit as an independent in 2018 amid the antisemitism scandal, and in 2021 was asked by Boris Johnson to lead a review into political violence and disruption.
Lord Walney was on the cusp of submitting his review, but following the October 7th Hamas attacks on Israel has agreed with the Home Office to update it in light of the “fallout” on British streets.
The peer told the Telegraph that he would be specifically “looking at the threshold for the police to ban a march”.