Man arrested after abuse of British pro-EU lawmaker Soubry

by Reuters
Saturday, 12 January 2019 18:08 GMT

LONDON, Jan 12 (Reuters) - A man was arrested on Saturday after a video of a group of men verbally abusing pro-European lawmaker Anna Soubry prompted calls for the police to do more to protect politicians outside parliament.

A group of Brexit supporters was filmed on Monday asking Soubry questions about her pro-European Union stance and support for a new Brexit referendum, with some calling her a fascist and chanting "scum".

Earlier in the day, a BBC interview with Soubry was interrupted by chants that she was a Nazi, and lawmakers wrote to London's police chief to express their concern about the "deteriorating public order and security situation" around parliament.

Police confirmed that a man in his thirties, who was not named, had been arrested on suspicion of public order offences committed in the Westminster area on Jan. 7.

(Reporting by Alistair Smout Editing by Ros Russell)

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