Sunderland MP faces Palestine questions as activists demand ceasefire at community meeting
Written by Elif Gulmen on 13th February 2024
Pro-Palestinian activists from the constituency seized the opportunity to confront MP Bridget Phillipson about the government’s financial support in light of the Gaza-Israel War.
On the evening of February 4th, 2024, Houghton-le-Spring witnessed a heated community meeting hosted by Phillipson, the Member of Parliament for Houghton and Sunderland South.
The focus of the gathering at Philadelphia Community Cricket Club, was intended to shed light on the pressing issues surrounding Health and Social Care, particularly delving into the ongoing crises within the NHS. Despite attempts to steer the conversation back to healthcare, the meeting became a battleground for contentious political discourse.
The presence of pro-Palestinian activists injected a sense of urgency and activism into the otherwise routine community meeting. Their pointed questions regarding the allocation of government funds towards what they referred to as a “genocide” in Palestine put Phillipson on the spot, demanding accountability and transparency from their elected representative.
There has been no response given by the Philipson since the day of the event.