Pro-Israel MP tells of swastika daubing during election campaign

Sheryll Murray, a Conservative Friends of Israel supporter, used the first PMQs since the general election to raise the issue of intimidation of candidates during the campaign


Sheryll Murray, the pro-Israel Conservative MP for South East Cornwall, has described the abuse she suffered during the general election campaign.

Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions, Ms Murray, a Conservative Friends of Israel supporter, told MPs that opponents had carved swastikas into her campaign posters and urinated on her office door.

She said: "Over the past months, I've had swastikas carved into posters, social media posts like ‘burn the witch’.

"People putting Labour Party leaflets on my home photographed them and pushed them through my letterbox.

"Someone even urinated on my office door. Hardly kinder, gentler politics.

She asked Theresa May: "Can my right honourable friend suggest what can be done to stop this intimidation which may well be putting off good people from serving in this place?"

The Prime Minister replied: "She was not the only person who experienced this sort of intimidation during the election campaign.

"Particularly...this sort of intimidation was experienced by female candidates.

"I believe that this sort of behaviour has no place in our democracy...and it could put good people off from serving in this House.

"Particularly as I stand here and see this plaque that has been dedicated to the late Jo Cox that we should remember what Jo said: that we are far more united and have far more in common than the things that divide us.”

Mrs Murray had said she had been " sickened” the swastika daubing.

"This symbol is incredibly offensive to both Jews who lost so many and the British who stood firm against its tyranny."

Anne Main, Conservative MP for St Albans, also raised the issue of antisemitism on campus at the first PMQs since the General Election.

In response, Mrs May praised the work of the Community Security Trust and others in combating antisemitism and Islamophobia.


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