Protesters block Labour 'Battle' bus from leaving Gateshead Quayside by sitting behind it

Pro Palestinian protesters sit in the road to block in the Labour Party's Election Battle Bus
-Credit: (Image: North News & Pictures Ltd)


Pro-Palestine protesters prevented the Labour Party "battle bus" from leaving an event on the Gateshead Quayside.

The bus was carrying deputy leader Angela Rayner, while North East mayor Kim McGuinness, and Newcastle MP Chi Onwurah were present along with other North East Labour MPs and councillors, as the party continued its election campaign in the North East. The protesters sat down behind the bus for around three hours so that it could not reverse out of the By the River Brew Co. site on Gateshead Quays.

The protest was largely peaceful, with the majority of protesters leaving the area shortly before 8pm. Northumbria Police say they received a report of concerning behaviour by a small number of protesters, which they are investigating.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson said: "At 5pm yesterday (Monday), we were made aware of a protest at Gateshead Quayside. It was reported that a number of protesters were preventing a vehicle from leaving the area.

Pro-Palestinian protesters sit in the road to block in the Labour Party's Election Battle Bus, carrying deputy Leader Angela Rayner as it attempts to leave an event on the Gateshead Quayside, on the banks of the Tyne.
Pro-Palestinian protesters sit in the road to block in the Labour Party's Election Battle Bus, carrying deputy Leader Angela Rayner as it attempts to leave an event on the Gateshead Quayside, on the banks of the Tyne. -Credit:North News & Pictures Ltd

"Police officers engaged with those protesting. Protest activity continued until shortly before 8pm when the majority of protesters left the area.

"We subsequently received a report of concerning behaviour by a small number of protestors directed at people as they left the event, which we are investigating. As a force, we uphold the right to peaceful protest but will not tolerate intimidating behaviour.

"If any criminal offences are committed, then those responsible can expect to be dealt with appropriately."

The Labour Party declined to comment. Their campaign continued on Tuesday morning as the bus travelled to Hexham in Northumberland.