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Veteran minister Mike Freer will step down on the election following a marketing campaign of demise threats and intimidation over his pro-Israel views.

The Justice Minister instructed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak at this time that he’ll step down from frontline politics following a number of threats and incidents, which culminated in an “arson” assault on his constituency workplace in December.

The MP, 63, says he feels “fortunate to be alive” after narrowly escaping a confrontation with terrorist killer Ali Harbi Ali, who murdered fellow Tory MP Sir David Amess.

He said his husband Angelo had become “incredibly jittery” since it emerged that Ali had visited his Finchley and Golders Green constituency office with the intention of killing him.

Mr Freer said quitting politics would be “a real wrench”, but added: “Obviously your husband or your family’s views have to carry a lot of weight. And when someone worries that, are you going to come home at night? – you have to take that seriously.”

He said all MPs sadly had to accept a certain level of abuse as “par for the course” in modern public life. But he added: “You shouldn’t really have to think, am I going to survive the day?”

In the last decade, Sir David and Labour MP Jo Cox were both murdered in their constituencies. Labour’s Stephen Timms was stabbed by an al Qaeda sympathiser in 2010 but survived.

Mr Freer is not Jewish but believes his outspoken views on Israel and strong support for the Jewish community have led to him being targeted by antisemites.

Mr Freer, whose constituency is home to one of the largest Jewish populations in the country, says the October 7 attacks on Israel by terror group Hamas have led to an upsurge in antisemitism.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, he said: “This is very much driven by personal circumstances. “It will not be a mirrored image on the Prime Minister, it’s not a mirrored image on the Government. I nonetheless consider the Prime Minister can win.”

Paul Harwood, 42, and Zara Kasory, 32, each of no mounted deal with, have been arrested earlier this month.

They have been every charged with one depend of arson with intent and appeared at Willesden Magistrates’ Court on Thursday morning.

The pair have been remanded in custody to seem at Harrow Crown Court on February 1.

In a letter to constituents, Mr Freer stated: “Since my election as an MP in 2010, I have sadly had several serious threats to my personal safety.

“The assaults towards Muslims Against Crusades, Ali Harbi Ali and the current arson assault (the place the motives stay unclear) have weighed closely on me and my husband, Angelo. These critical incidents are alongside the numerous ‘low degree’ incidents.

“No MP can operate effectively without the support of their spouse and wider family. Sadly the serious incidents place intolerable stress on them too.”

Mr Freer is amongst dozens of MPs set to face down on the subsequent normal election, which is anticipated to happen within the second half of this yr.