Gosport MP calls for action on '˜thuggish behaviour' after fellow minister called Nazi

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage has called for police to keep a '˜close eye' on '˜thuggish' behaviour outside parliament after a minister was called a Nazi.

Tuesday, 8th January 2019, 2:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 10th January 2019, 2:50 pm
Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage

Tory MP Anna Soubry, supporter of another Brexit referendum, was subjected to a torrent of abuse at Westminster on Monday by protesters.

The MP for Broxtowe was called a '˜liar' and a '˜Nazi' as well as '˜scum'as she was speaking to the media.

More than 50 MPs have written to the head of Britain's largest police force to improve their response to abusive protesters outside parliament '“ a letter which has been signed by both supporters of Brexit and those opposing it.

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Writing to Met Police commissioner Cressida Dick, the MPs cited '˜serious concerns' about the '˜deteriorating public order and security situation'.

Met Police are now investigating whether an offence has been committed.

Prime Minister Theresa May told this morning's cabinet meeting the '˜unacceptable and disgraceful treatment' was '˜not how debate should be conducted', her spokesman said.

Later, Speaker John Bercow branded the actions of protesters '˜a type of fascism'.

Meanwhile, Ms Dinenage said: '˜I didn't sign the letter but I am concerned that what began as legitimate protest has segued into something more thuggish and threatening. I do think the police need to keep a close eye on this.'