Police have been accused of ignoring the harassment of MPs and journalists by “far-right” demonstrators outside parliament.
Conservative MP Anna Soubry, who on Monday was subjected to chants of “Soubry is a Nazi” during television interviews and later followed along the street by a group of protesters shouting abuse, said the Metropolitan Police should take action.
She added that although she anticipated some criticism and abuse as an MP, she expected authorities to act when it “crossed the line”.
Ms Soubry, who has been repeatedly targeted, told Good Morning Britain: “It crossed the line in December, it was journalists who were being attacked.
“[Sky News’ political editor] Faisal Islam, who is male, was racially abused by these people, it’s the same group, all on video and the policy of the Metropolitan Police is to ignore it.”
Five supporters of the group have so far been arrested by police, during a protest that saw scuffles on Saturday and on Monday.
A spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police said: “At approximately 1.40pm on Monday, 7 January, a suspect was arrested on Parliament Square in relation to the Brexit protest.
“They were arrested for assault and have been taken to a central London police station.”'
The protesters, who have grown increasingly vocal in recent weeks, appear to be led by Tommy Robinson supporter James Goddard.'
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