MP Cat Smith cancels Brexit meeting over ‘far-right action’ | Politics News
A Labour MP has been forced to cancel a public meeting to discuss Brexit over warnings of “action” by “far-right extremists”.
Cat Smith, who represents the constituency of Lancaster and Fleetwood, said she was advised to scrap the event to put her family and the public’s safety first.
She revealed in a Facebook post that there were “concerns over security”.
“I’ve been warned far-right extremists were planning action around this meeting,” Ms Smith.
“I’m deeply disappointed that I have to take this decision but the safety of my constituents, my team and my family has to take priority.”
Anyone who registered to attend has been invited to set up a one-to-one telephone call instead.
SNP MP Stewart McDonald called the news “absolutely appalling” and sent “solidarity” to Ms Smith.
“Since being elected I’ve held a number public meetings in addition to regular surgeries for my constituents,” he said.
“Nobody benefits if we’re unable to keep doing this.”
Lancashire Police told Sky News that Ms Smith had “asked for a policing presence because of a perceived threat” and a “proportionate, low key plan” was put in place.
They clarified: “The police do not stop MPs holding meetings and the decision to cancel any public event always lies with the MP.
“We are aware the MP received anonymous information which led to her decision to cancel the meeting.”