Dozens of MPs urge police action after Tory MP was ‘verbally assaulted’ by protesters

Mail Online | 1/8/2019 | Daniel Martin Policy Editor For The Daily Mail;Kate Ferguson, Senior Political Correspondent For Mailonline
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Police faced mounting criticism last night after they stood by when a pro-EU MP was verbally abused by protesters outside the Commons.

Anna Soubry, who supports a second Brexit referendum, was forced to stop talking during a BBC interview while people off camera shouted: 'Soubry is a Nazi'.

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The MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire then made her way back to Parliament, pursued by a yellow vest wearing mob shouting 'Anna, you're a fascist'.

While protesters crowded around her, pointing and yelling in her face, Soubry pointed out the presence of two police officers across the road - who do nothing to help her.

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Even as she reached the gates of parliament she is blocked from entering by the group, which included far-right activist James Goddard, as further officers stand mere yards away without intervening.

After the incident, which was criticised by both Remain and Leave MPs, Scotland Yard confirmed they were looking into it and deciding whether or not a crime had been committed.

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Now at least 55 MPs have signed a letter to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick raising concerns about safety outside Parliament - just three years after Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered in her constituency.

The letter said: 'After months of peaceful and calm protests by groups representing a range of political views on Brexit, an ugly element of individuals with strong far right and extreme right connections, which your officers are well aware of, have increasingly engaged in intimidatory and potentially criminal acts targeting Members of Parliament, journalists, activists and members of the public.

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'We understand there are ongoing investigations but there appears to be an ongoing lack of coordination in the response from the police and appropriate authorities including with Westminster borough policing, and despite clear assurances this would be dealt with following incidents before Christmas, there have...
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