Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has thanked residents and members of the public for the outpouring of kind wishes that he and his staff have received following yesterday’s violent attack at Sussex University.
After accepting an invitation by Sussex University students to talk about his involvement in changing the law to criminalise squatting, Mike was set upon yesterday by a large mob of non-student, pro-squatter thugs. Mike and his staff managed to make it into a secure room until the Police, who were onsite, arrived. Since the attack, Mike has been inundated with messages of support. For more on the attack, click here.
Mike has been campaigning for squatting to be criminalised since his election to Parliament in 2010 and has been supported by the Prime Minister, as well as his colleague the Rt Hon Kenneth Clarke QC MP, former Secretary of State for Justice. Squatting is a huge problem in Brighton & Hove, with numerous instances of this organised and frequently menacing behaviour blighting the lives of ordinary people. Irate squatters have dubbed the new law “Weatherley’s Law” following Mike’s campaign to introduce the new legislation. The law came into force on 1st September 2012.
Commenting, Mike said: “I have been absolutely overwhelmed by the kind messages of support that I have received from friends, constituents and concerned members of the public. Thank you to everyone who has taken the trouble to get in touch – your messages are very much appreciated. It was a miracle no one was seriously injured, but it could have been a very different story if the violent thugs weren’t held back.”