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Jeremy Hunt clashed with Sky News host Trevor Phillips as he was grilled over Rishi Sunak’s feedback on pro-Palestine protests.

The presenter pressed the Chancellor on who the Prime Minister was referring to in his speech exterior Downing Street on Friday when he stated Britain’s “streets have been hijacked by small groups who are hostile to our values and have no respect for our democratic traditions”.

Mr Hunt informed Sky News’ Sunday Morning with Trevor Phillips programme that the “vast majority” of these demonstrating “want to protest peacefully and within the law”.

But he stated that there had been “examples of very intimidatory protests that have made other people feel unsafe”.

As Phillips requested “by whom”, Mr Hunt went on: “That is not the British way. What the Prime Minister was saying, we’ve all seen the scenes on our television, is we need to remember the British way is tolerance, understanding that the way you get change is through peaceful protest, argument and persuasion, and he was reaffirming those very British values.”

Phillips pressed: “Forgive me Chancellor, this is a very important point, part of the British way is to be straight. When you say we’ve seen these protests and these people, which people are we talking about? Who are you talking about?”

Mr Hunt stated: “I’m talking about the scenes I’ve seen on television. I’m talking about the emails I’ve received from people who’ve been terrified by what they’ve seen in some of these protests. And I’m also saying, let me finish, it’s a very important topic….”

Phillips interrupted: “But you’re not answering the question I’m asking you. I’m asking you who is that you’re talking about.”

The Chancellor replied: “Trevor with the greatest respect I don’t know the names of people I see on television.

“What I do know is I’ve had emails from folks saying they’re completely terrified, Jewish folks completely terrified to exit of their homes, due to the behaviour of a small minority.

“What I’m also saying is the vast majority of people on these protests want to do so peacefully and within the law and we absolutely respect their right to do so.

“But when traces are being crossed we have to name it out and be energetic in calling out extremism for what it’s.”

Phillips said: “I’ve allow you to reply, however in the event you would not thoughts answering my level.

“The reason I’m asking this question is that when you and the Prime Minister speak of these anonymous forces, groups or organisations, it leaves people assuming that you must mean either anyone who has been on one of these marches or anyone who happens to profess the Muslim faith.

“If you recognize that that is taking place why cannot you say what teams, and the Prime Minister particularly talks about teams and organisations, you imply?”

Mr Hunt said: “Trevor with the best respect, I actually get pleasure from being interviewed with you, nevertheless it does really feel to me you really weren’t listening to what I simply stated.”

Phillips replied: “I listened to precisely what you stated.”

The Chancellor went on: “What I simply stated was the overwhelming majority of persons are protesting peacefully and I didn’t say these individuals who aren’t doing which are nameless.

“I said I just happen not to know their names because I look at someone on television and I don’t know their names. So I think I answered your question with the greatest of respect.”