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Quakers: we were “forced to cancel Williamson event due to threats of violence” – but police now involved

Second venue to receive sinister messages from opponents of left-wing MP
Brighton’s Quaker meeting house, which cancelled Chris Williamson’s booking

As the SKWAWKBOX has reported, Brighton’s Holiday Inn was one of two venues to cancel a booking by MP Chris Williamson for Thursday evening.

The Holiday Inn received ‘abuse and threats’ from Williamson’s opponents – including a sinister visit by two men who warned staff that “there will be consequences” if the event went ahead. The hotel had failed to notify police as of Friday night, in spite of its duty of care to staff.

Williamson was recently reinstated from a suspension by the Labour Party but the reinstatement was set aside after a right-wing MP on the panel that decided to reinstate him claimed he was under the influence of prescription drugs after other right-wingers complained about the decision. The media frequently claim Williamson has said Labour had been ‘too apologetic about antisemitism’, but video evidence showed he was referring to the party’s response to unfounded complaints.

The second venue to cancel Williamson’s booking was the (Quaker) Friends Meeting House in the south coast town – but the Quakers have now confirmed that their decision was also triggered by “threats of violence”.

An email sent by the organisation’s national communications lead Jane Dawson to an enquirer confirmed the grim fact:

However, while Sussex Police said this week that the Holiday Inn had not reported the threatening messages and visit, Ms Dawson told the SKWAWKBOX that the police are now involved.

Our Brighton Meeting will make its own statement, but I can confirm that they were contacted by the police, who have unilaterally decided to investigate.

The SKWAWKBOX is waiting for Sussex Police press office to confirm whether the force is including the Holiday Inn incidents and evidence – which includes CCTV footage – in their investigation.


The threats and intimidation suffered by venues simply for taking an event booking from an elected member of Parliament tell a very different story than that which is usually presented by the corporate media.

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