Police issue statement on Stoke protest outside BBC Question Time

Police have confirmed they attended a protest where BBC Question Time was being filmed to 'ensure everyone's safety'. The long-running debating chamber was staged at the King's Hall in Stoke last night (May 9).

It prompted campaigners to wave flags and placards outside the building on Kingsway as presenter Fiona Brice, panellists and audience members arrived in the evening. They were demonstrating in support of Palestine as the Israel-Hamas war continues to rage on in Gaza.

A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: "Officers were deployed proactively following reports of a planned protest on Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, yesterday (Thursday 9 May). We were there to ensure the safety of members of the community and protesters in the area.

"The protest was carried out peacefully and officers left the area shortly after."

The show was later aired on BBC One at 11pm. The panel for the hour-long debate was made up of treasury minister Nigel Huddleston MP; Labour’s shadow secretary for international development Lisa Nandy MP; author and politics and economics commentator Grace Blakeley; and chief executive of the PureGym chain Humphrey Cobbold.

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