Al Quds day Hezbollah march

Meeting: 
MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Reference: 
2019/6291
Question By: 
Andrew Dismore
Organisation: 
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

It has been suggested by others, that the Mayor has power to ban the annual Al Quds day Hezbollah march. Do you have such powers?

Answer

Al Quds day Hezbollah march

Al Quds day Hezbollah march

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Anti-Semitism and hate crime have no place in our city. I've raised my deep concerns about the support shown for Hezbollah at the annual Al Quds march in London on a number of occasions - and the fact the Home Secretary has finally listened and is taking action is welcome.

However, neither myself nor the Met have the power to ban marches or protest, that power lies with the Home Secretary.

I have every faith in the Metropolitan Police's operational independence and their professional judgement. Now there is clarity in the UK with Hezbollah’s full proscription, be in no doubt that any criminality at or around this year's march will be dealt with by the Met.