Calls for suspended Tory MP to be ‘sacked’ after grabbing climate change protester by the neck
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One of the activists, dressed in a red dress and sash, can be seen walking around the outside of the room before Mark Field, Conservative MP for Cities and Westminster swiftly rises to his feet to physically stop the woman.
Field is then seen manhandling the activist, pressing her up against a pillar, grabbing and pushing her away forcefully before leading her out by her neck. The politician can be heard saying “Can you get this person out” followed by the protester telling onlookers: “This is a peaceful protest.”
There is an extended version with sound. I agree it should be left to authorities to decide but personally I feel that did seem a bit heavy and even if within the law, not nice. https://t.co/tDPKDm1fBM— The Moonraker (@the_moonraker) June 20, 2019
Labour’s Shadow Women & Equalities Secretary Dawn Butler has taken to social media to condemn Field’s actions, branding the scenes “horrific.” Butler, along with many others on Twitter, has urged Conservative officials to suspend or sack the Tory MP.
This is horrific. Conservative Foreign Office Minister Mark Field violently grabs a woman as she protests about climate change at the bankers’ banquet. This appears to be assault. He must be immediately suspended or sacked. Due to Violence against women.https://t.co/fjy6HZXyyGhttps://t.co/mM8hJ47ult— (((Dawn Butler MP))) (@DawnButlerBrent) June 20, 2019
Greenpeace campaigner Areeba Hamid told the BBC that the woman was a victim of “physical assault” and “in shock.” She urged Field to take a “long hard” look at himself and to reflect on whether such behavior was “in keeping with someone in public office.”
However, Field has found support from among some of his Tory colleagues. In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on Friday, Peter Bottomley MP insisted Field had done nothing wrong, saying: “I congratulate him for that. I would have done the same.”
In a statement on Thursday night, Field apologized to the woman, claiming that he acted “instinctively” and was worried that “she might have been armed.” He revealed that he would refer himself to the Cabinet Office over the incident.
Field was suspended by the Conservative Party on Friday, pending an investigation. A spokeswoman for 10 Downing Street said: “The Prime Minister has seen the footage and she found it very concerning.”
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