Racist attack on a Harrow immigration solicitor: ‘anti-immigration rhetoric and its awful consequences’

Following the racist attack on a Harrow immigration lawyer, in a letter sent to the Guardian more than 800 former judges and senior legal figures have accused the UK prime minister Boris Johnson and his home secretary Priti Patel of endangering the personal safety of lawyers through their abusive attacks on the profession and should apologise.
Earlier this month, at the Conservative party conference, Patel broadened her targets, claiming that among those defending the “indefensible” and “broken” immigration appeals system were “do-gooders, lefty lawyers, the Labour party”.
In his conference speech, Johnson went further, declaring he would prevent “the whole criminal justice system from being hamstrung by what the home secretary would doubtless – and rightly – call the lefty human rights lawyers and other do-gooders”.
Commenting on the government’s anti-immigration rhetoric and its awful consequences, Emma Wallace Green Party Brent and Harrow GLA candidate said: “The home secretary ignored intelligence reports and is recorded using inflammatory and derogatory language to describe immigration lawyers, in effect contributing to a rise in hatred and extremism, rather than quell it.”
A Harrow man Cavan Medlock, 28, is charged with a racially or religiously aggravated attack on Sheroy Zaq, a solicitor and supervisor within the public law and immigration departments at Duncan Lewis in Harrow.
Medlock allegedly attacked the solicitor’s offices days after Priti Patel claimed that “activist lawyers” were frustrating the removal of failed asylum seekers.
“It is incredibly concerning to hear that the UK home secretary, Priti Patel, dismissed intelligence briefings from counter-terrorism police over the alleged far-right terror attack that was attempted at a local Harrow law firm at the beginning of September” said Ms Wallace.
Highly concerned about the safety of the immigration lawyers in Harrow, Harrow Law Centre director Pamela Fitzpatrick, also a Harrow councillor and Harrow East Labour candidate at the last general election, said: “This is very worrying as Harrow Law Centre has three immigration solicitors and less funding for security than big firms. This is the result of the actions of the Tories calling us activist lawyers”.
“After the horrendous terrorist attack on a Harrow Solicitor I am calling on Bob Blackman (Tory MP for Harrow East) to give a public apology for the comments made by Priti Patel and Boris Johnson that have led to the attack and to apologise for his own role in encouraging the far right in Harrow” demands Ms Fitzpatrick.
“Brent and Harrow are diverse boroughs whose residents deserve to be protected by government – not undermined and endangered by it. I call on my fellow GLA Brent and Harrow candidates to condemn the Home Secretary’s inflammatory language and her lack of action on the threat from right-wing groups and individuals” Ms Wallace asks.
Labour Brent and Harrow GLA candidate was invited for his comment.