No go zone claim is ‘silly’

Peter­bor­ough MP hits out at Hun­gar­ian leaflet

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Joel Lamy Twit­ter: @PTJoelLamy

Peter­bor­ough MP Ste­wart Jack­son has hit out at a leaflet is­sued by the Hun­gar­ian gov­ern­ment de­scrib­ing Peter­bor­ough as a ‘no go zone.’ The pam­phlet - is­sued to mil­lions of house­holds as part of a ref­er­en­dum on EU mi­grant quo­tas - claims that there are sev­eral hun­dred no-go zones in Euro­pean cities where the au­thor­i­ties are un­able to main­tain con­trol.

But Mr Jack­son said the claim was ‘silly.’

The sup­posed zones are not listed, but a map marks Lon­don out with a “no-go” sign, sur­rounded by five oth- ers which ap­pear to re­late to lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Peter­bor­ough.

The leaf let warns: “The so­called ‘no-go’ zones are ar­eas of cities that the au­thor­i­ties are un­able to keep un­der their con­trol. Here the re­cip­i­ent so­ci­ety’s writ­ten or un­writ­ten norms do not ap­ply.”

Chal­lenged over the claims, Hun­gary’s for­eign min­is­ter Peter Sz­i­j­jarto told BBC2’s News­night: “We­based this in­for­ma­tion on open, of­fi­cial re­ports given by the po­lice of the re­spec­tive coun­tries and from the news.”

Mr Jack­son, who is also Par­lia­men­tary Pri­vate Sec­re­tary to the Sec­re­tary of State for Ex­it­ing the Euro­pean Union, said: “Peo­ple are and have been for many years con­cerned about un­con­trolled mi­gra­tion in the city that’s for sure andthat’s why they voted to leave the EU so we can once again de­cide for our­selves who comes to or leaves the UK.

“How­ever, the idea of “no go” ar­eas is silly, it’s sim­ply un­true and the Hun­gar­ian min­is­ter has go this facts wrong I’m afraid. I would be the first to raise the is­sue very ro­bustly if it were true but it isn’t.”

Coun­cil­lor John Holdich, leader of Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil, said in­vited the min­is­ter to visit the city and said: “The com­ments made by the Hun­gar­ian min­is­ter are ill­founded and in­ac­cu­rate and bear no re­sem­blance to life in our city. It’s a great shame that peo­ple who have never vis­ited Peter­bor­ough choose to talk us down in this way in or­der to make a po­lit­i­cal point.”

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