THURROCK MP Jackie Doyle-Price used a speech at the Grays Sikh Temple on Sunday morning to launch a scathing attack on the members of the English Defence League (EDL) after racial incidents on Grays High Street just twenty four hours earlier.
In her speech, Ms Doyle-Price praised the work of the Sikh community in spreading peace and a sense of community in Grays and Thurrock.
She said: ” We live in a country where freedom and tolerance are cherished. We thank you for the work that you do including raising nearly £2,000 for the Tsunami appeal in Japan.
“The events of yesterday around the corner will not be tolerated. They will not be allowed to push their extreme form of nationalism into the faces of the people of Thurrock.”
The MP was around the corner in Grays High Street when the incident took place. Shoppers and residents were shocked as members of the EDL upended a stall run by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. A member of the EDL then produced a lighter and according to the members of the muslim community threatend to burn a copy of the Koran that was on the stall.
The MP’s sentiments were echoed by deputy leader of Labour group and councillor for Grays Riverside, Valerie Morris-Cook. She said: “The EDL can crawl back to wherever they came from. They came for confrontation and to spread bile and hatred.
“Well they can take it from me. They are not welcome, so pack up your bags and leave Thurrock alone.
The police are continuing to sift through CCTV images and their own video to identify the alleged perpetrators.