A Coventry MP has hit out at far right group Britain First’s decision to protest at two hotels in the city this weekend.
Coventry North West MP Taiwo Owatemi condemned the group’s appearance at Coventry Hill Hotel and the Royal Court Hotel, where groups were pictured with a banner reading: “Britain First. Close down migrant hotels.”
She wrote on Twitter saying “Britain First does not represent the vast majority of Coventry”.
She added that she has written to both the Home Office and West Midlands Police for more information.
Police confirmed they were called to reports of disorder at Coventry Hill Hotel in the Allesley area of the city yesterday (Saturday, August 29).
A Warwickshire man has been charged with common assault. James White, of St Michaels Crescent, Southam, will appear in court on October 22.
The disorder came after it emerged that Home Office contractors had organised for asylum seekers to stay at Keresley’s Royal Court Hotel – a move that was blocked by Coventry City Council.
Hours after the council released a statement confirmed that they had taken legal action to prevent the group’s arrival, Britain First visited the city, protesting outside the hotel, and its sister venue, the Coventry Hill Hotel on Saturday, August 29.
Today, an officer from West Midlands Police’s neighbourhood policing teams in Binley, Willenhall, Cheylesmore and Earlsdon has written to local city councillors in a bid to reassure locals.
In an email seen by CoventryLive, police have said that they are in the process of dealing with yesterday’s incidents, and are “being pro active in relation to preventing any other incidents occurring”.
What has Taiwo Owatemi said?
In a post on social media site Twitter, Taiwo Owatemi said: “I’m aware of this incident and have written to both the Home Office and West Mids Police for more information.
“Britain First does not represent the vast majority of Coventry. A hateful minority will not falter the strength and welcoming spirit of our local community.”
In recent days Britain First has entered multiple hotels across the country which are being used by Home Office to accommodate asylum seekers during the pandemic.
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