You can now go to jail for insulting Anna Soubry

MPs are now part of a protected class who it is illegal to insult and protest against.

Andrew Tettenborn

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In Anglo-Saxon times, you had to choose carefully who you messed with. If you happened to kill someone, then the more important he was, the more it cost you – a serf came in at 40 shillings, a freeman 100 and a prince 1,500. Today, things are different, of course. Everyone mucks in together and we don’t have privileged classes entitled to special protections.

Or do we? One of the sideshows of the General Election might make you think again. Ex-Tory Remainer Anna Soubry, standing in Broxtowe, faced a persistent and vocal opponent called Amy Dalla Mura (known online as Based Amy). Dalla Mura is a member of the nationalist English Democrats and is a fanatical Brexiteer.

Last January, during one of Soubry’s question-and-answer sessions, in a swish London hotel shortly before she resigned the Tory whip, Dalla Mura intervened loudly throughout. She accused Soubry of not respecting the referendum vote and got into arguments with the audience. Two months later, while Soubry (by then in the Independent Group) was giving an interview to BBC Newsnight in the central lobby at Westminster, Dalla Mura was there again. She interrupted to say, ‘Anna Soubry is traitor’. ‘Get the police’, said Soubry.

You might think this was just part of the political rough-and-tumble. Far from it. The police now have a special unit called PLAIT – the parliamentary liaison and investigations team – dedicated to dealing with ‘attacks’ on MPs. Police intervened and Dalla Mura was arrested and prosecuted at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for harassment. In November she was convicted. Despite the fact that she was standing as a candidate in Broxtowe, she was bailed for sentence on condition that she neither visit Broxtowe nor mention Soubry in any of her literature. She won 432 votes despite these handicaps (beating another independent). Last week she was sentenced to 28 days in jail.

There is so much wrong with this. Nothing Dalla Mura did should have been treated as a criminal offence. However much Soubry affected to be frightened for her safety, Dalla Mura never threatened violence. Reduced to its essentials, all she did was consistently and effectively embarrass Soubry and make it difficult for her to get her message across. No doubt this was frustrating. But it is what any robust politician ought to have to put up with. If the law on harassment prevents it, then it needs to be reined in, not have its use extended. Yet in this trivial case, Dalla Mura was not only given a criminal record — she was actually imprisoned.

Secondly, it is hard to see any justification for the restrictions placed on Dalla Mura’s election campaigning while she was on bail. Broxtowe is a large constituency consisting of three towns. What possible harm could be done to Soubry by the mere presence of an opponent in one or more of them is entirely unclear. As for the prohibition against any mention of Soubry in her campaign literature, this was simply bizarre. Any politician who is so oversensitive as to be distressed by the uncomplimentary mention of her own name in a General Election campaign does not deserve to be in politics.

Thirdly, the comments made by chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot in the case are alarming. Having started by saying that this was not a freedom-of-speech case – always a surefire indication that free speech really is at stake – Arbuthnot went on to refer to Dalla Mura’s activities as ‘intimidation’ (which they were not). Then, like too many people who should know better, she invoked the murder of Jo Cox by a madman. As if there could be any reasonable comparison between heckling a self-important politician and murder. Arbuthnot then suggested that Dalla Mura was damaging democracy and insisted that ‘MPs should be able to do their jobs without putting up with harassment’. Finally, she added that: ‘You insulted her by calling her a traitor among other things. This behaviour against elected representatives carrying out their duties will not be tolerated by this court.’ In other words, insults against politicians will be criminalised.

This isn’t the first time we have seen the heavy-handed treatment of political protest. In July this year, the same chief magistrate gave a suspended sentence to another anti-Soubry protester who called her a ‘Nazi’ and a ‘traitor’. For good measure, Arbuthnot also banned him from Parliament Square. Such ‘tirades’ were unacceptable in the face of a ‘vulnerable’ Soubry who had shown ‘great courage’, she said.

So, the ‘safeguarding’ of democracy apparently now means that MPs and politicians must be given a special protected status. They must have the right – unlike the rest of us – to protection from stinging insults under threat of imprisonment.

The establishment is, of course, delighted with this state of affairs. Chillingly, immediately after the Dalla Mura hearing, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said that his force had a ‘commitment to dealing robustly with incidents of harassment and abuse against MPs’. He added, menacingly, that having strong political opinions was ‘absolutely no excuse’. Let that sink in.

Andrew Tettenborn is a professor of commercial law and a former Cambridge admissions officer.

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Comments

S P Johnson

31st December 2019 at 8:31 pm

Anna Soubry has every right to express her opinion. This is a free country and every body has a right to express their political opinion, even if we disagree with it. You BREXIT fascists may have won at the moment but you wait until the economy goes belly up. Shame you can’t go to the back of the queue when the food shortages start. You have destroyed this country.

Stephen Daniels

30th December 2019 at 5:56 pm

Well Soubry is certainly a traitor to her party and her constituents. That is objective fact. She switched sides at a critical time, and betrayed the manifesto on which she was elected.

“A person who betrays someone or something, such as a friend, cause, or principle” according to the OED.

And the defendant certainly wasn’t “harassing” within the meaning of the 1997 act – there was no grooming online, threatening of violence or stalking. The judge was plain wrong.

And as for politicians being allowed to “go about their business”, well the Suffragettes were no shrinking violets, neither was MLK for that matter

Richard Evans

23rd December 2019 at 8:12 am

Correction : Since the election you can no longer go to jail for insulting the idiotic Anna Soubry.

Being serious though MPs seem to believe they are a special case. Soubry for instance believes she shouldn’t be called a traitor (and claimed live on tv that being called “Nazi” is a criminal offence) when she stands for a party on a specific manifesto and then leaves the party, does everything in her power to stop Brexit and then refuses to hold a by-election to allow the electorate to decide if she’s doing the right thing, well I’m sorry but that is traitorous by any definition of the word and I’m glad we’ll never have to see her arrogant and idiotic face of TV again.

Noel Mac

25th December 2019 at 12:47 pm

Hear hear. She has a lot of completion but she’s up there with the Abbott’s the Thornberrys the Grieves and the Lammys as the most vile annoying entitled people on the planet.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

21st December 2019 at 7:01 pm

I don’t know why your so surprised it’s exactly what you voted for. You find the truth somewhere between mania and ignorance, sometimes with the facts!! The EU is not all good/evil and it’s the same for brexit.

Jack Enright

20th December 2019 at 4:57 pm

Well, there’s only one way to respond to the above, isn’t there?

Anna Soubry is a congenital LIAR, a HYPOCRITE, and an ANTI-DEMOCRATIC TRAITOR.

And Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot is an ARROGANT, LYING, STUPID IDIOT, WHO SHOULD BE SACKED FOR GROSS INCOMPETENCE, AND FOR IMPOSING A TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE.

Come and get me, copper!

Black Eyes

26th December 2019 at 12:04 am

you are lucky, Jack, the judge IS acting politically but alas she is not politics.
IMO Many politicians do not know how to paraphrase comments. So they are going to the court.
A “sympathising with them” court of course.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

20th December 2019 at 10:03 am

Rather than direct your bile towards soubry, the police and the Justice system, just please ask yourselves how the fuck have we sunk so low. People are called traitor’s (and shot dead in the case of Joe Cox) because they have a different point of view. Or even locked up for calling people a traitor.

Jack Enright

20th December 2019 at 5:08 pm

@TRAPPEDINTHEOFFSIDE – what a stupid post. Jo Cox was not murdered because her killer disagreed with her political views – and there is a MASS of evidence to back that up. Her killer was INSANE, and had a long history of severe mental health problems.

Dalla Mura does not call Anna Soubry a traitor because she disagrees with Soubry’s political views, but because – having promised her constituents that she would honour the resulkt of the referendum, she then spent the next three and a half years doing everything in her power to BLOCK Brexit, and to make Britain a permanent colony of the EU. If you bothered to go and check the facts before you posted your ludicrous denials, you’d find that working to enable a foreign power to impose its will on this nation is legally defined as treason.
Which is why Dalla Mura is not the only one who calls Soubry a traitor; SO DO I – because that’s exactly what Soubry is.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

21st December 2019 at 6:31 pm

Dress it up all you like if Joe Cox talked like old Nigel Farage. It’s highly likely see would be alive today.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

21st December 2019 at 7:35 pm

If Joe Cox talked like Nigel Farage, their is a good chance she would not of been singled out as a traitor in the eyes of that man who was mentally ill and shot dead.
I came to the opinion that those backinkg Brexit were not acting in the best interest of the nation, because the majority voted the other way does that make me a traitor? Do I see you as a traitor? Why are people so desperate to be so angry. The language is unnecessary and inflammatory. And it occasionally gets people killed.

NEIL DATSON

22nd December 2019 at 11:25 am

1 ‘. . . (and shot dead in the case of Joe Cox) . . .’

2 ‘. . . like if Joe Cox talked like old Nigel . . .’

3 ‘. . . If Joe Cox talked like Nigel Farage, their is a good chance . . .’

Anybody can make a typo but if you really didn’t know that Jo Cox was a woman how can you expect anybody else to take your opinions seriously?

Jo Cox was tragically murdered by a mentally retarded man with personality issues and no, she would not have been murdered by him had she expressed different views. Just as Ian Gow, the previous MP to have been murdered, would not have been killed by the IRA had he expressed different views. What had any of that to do with the way in which Anna Soubry ran for the protection of absurdly accommodating laws and enforcement authorities when she was publicly ridiculed?

TrappedInTheOffSide .

22nd December 2019 at 6:33 pm

If you’re confused, you might want to pay more attention to the context and less on the spelling. And why tell me what I already know? It’s the other Wally who seems to think her murder has nothing to do with brexit and traitors

Andrew Hamilton

19th December 2019 at 11:21 pm

Mura should have appealed the decision – no senior Court would have upheld the conviction nor the disgraceful conditions imposed.

Jack Enright

20th December 2019 at 5:09 pm

Agreed – and I sincerely hope that she does, and that Arbuthnot gets hammered for her ludicrous verdict.

David Knight

19th December 2019 at 9:38 pm

Great point Ed and agree with all of your points

David Knight

19th December 2019 at 9:30 pm

What a great article I love this outlet and respect the writing. Let’s face it sour puss Soubry is a drunk and an anti democratic over priveldged sorry excuse for a politician whoops maybe I will go to prison now for merely stsing my view

Neil McCaughan

19th December 2019 at 9:17 pm

Another biased incompetent court, presided over by a bigoted fool. Who does Emma Arbuthnot think she is? That ignorant old woman Brenda Hale?

John Whiteman

19th December 2019 at 8:11 pm

two years ago satirical songstress Alison Chabloz faced the same judge Arbuthnot when charged with posting a song that upset the Campaign Against Antisemitism. Arbuthnot was forced to recluse herself when it was revealed she and her husband had been ‘guests’ of Israel and its sinister lobby groups.
Spiked consistently refused to expose what was happening – no doubt because of its fear of the power of the lobby.

Weyland Smith

19th December 2019 at 7:11 pm

ZP is a spiteful trolling loser – hey this game is so easy!
“The Greeks invented science” – yes, the ancient Egyptions and Babylonians just sat around on their fat arses not making any contributions to astronomy, mathematics, acountancy, medicine …
” … and democracy” – but they still worked their slaves to death down the silver mines. You have a brass neck talking about democracy.
“Was Einstein English?” – No. I’m surprised you didn’t know that. Here’s one for you – Is the Pope a Catholic? Take your time and keep the answer to yourself.

David George

19th December 2019 at 5:17 pm

Apart from completely decriminalisation one relatively simple solution would be to make all charges of this type (including so called hate speech, xxxxxphobia etc.) only to be judged by a jury. I’ve far more faith in the good sense of the regular person than I have with the judiciary. Arresting and convicting folk for an offensive joke? A very dangerous idea.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

20th December 2019 at 10:06 am

Calling an MP a traitor is not a joke. And she was locked up for more that just a comment.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

19th December 2019 at 4:50 pm

Dominic Straiton is a jingoistic nutter. Germany is wealthier, more productive and more democratic according to just about any metric. The Greeks invented science, philosophy and democracy. Was Einstein English?

Neil McCaughan

19th December 2019 at 9:21 pm

Bully for the Boche. But not our concern. Unlike you and your beloved EU, we have turned our backs on colonialism.

Graham Woodford

19th December 2019 at 9:58 pm

Yeah. Let’s free Scotland and NI.

L Strange

19th December 2019 at 2:27 pm

Something else for Boris’ To Do List.

M Blando

19th December 2019 at 1:43 pm

It’s clear there is the need for an overhaul of our current quota of judges. I’m not sure it is the law… it is the partisan stance so many judges embrace today. Their judgement is flawed because bias is rife. I’m wary of sounding like a conspiracist, but it feels as though the judiciary have been infiltrated by the left and their agendas.

Richard GIBBONS

19th December 2019 at 4:50 pm

Judge Emma Arbuthnot is married to James Arbuthnot who was a conservative MP and was a colleague of Anna Soubry. Surely another judge should have taken the case ?

Sandy Robertson

19th December 2019 at 1:33 pm

Dalla Mura is a mentally disturbed woman. Anyone who knows her history must be aware of that. However, I agree that the fact that she stood in Soubry’s constituency should not have been considered part of the offence. That really is a step too far.

Graham Woodford

19th December 2019 at 5:42 pm

I wondered about that and reading anything from her is disturbing. Should probably have been given help rather than being gaoled. She actually beat two others, an Independent odd ball and a representative of the Militant Elvis Anti-HS2 party. Not sure that was worthy of note by the author of this piece.

Zippy UK

19th December 2019 at 12:52 pm

They can’t lock us all up – there are millions of us – about 17.5 million…

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

19th December 2019 at 2:21 pm

17.5 million nationalist nutjobs who love their country above reason itself and who obsess continually about ‘traitors’…

Dominic Straiton

19th December 2019 at 3:54 pm

Its hard not to be nationalistic when you come from a country and people that invented nearly everything. Its going to be even better when we control our own laws and borders.

Tim Wheeler

19th December 2019 at 5:11 pm

“17.5 million nationalist nutjobs who love their country above reason itself and who obsess continually about ‘traitors’…”

I was wonder if this the Largest Ad-Hominen attack in History. Probably not – Stalin and Moa marked out their enemies on an even grander scale. Don’t be discouraged Zenobia – ‘the only way is up’. I you succeeded in abolishing the nation states of Europe – you could have a vastly increaded basket of deplorables who you can hate, despise, & slander. Woke Heaven!

Filbert Flange

19th December 2019 at 5:59 pm

The ZiP is increasingly revealing itself as merely yet another uninspired, garden variety, degraded leftist bigot. I have grown bored with its tedious and specious contradictions. It is simply throwing rhetorical bombs now, in any direction, hoping somebody engages.

Weyland Smith

19th December 2019 at 6:44 pm

“17.5 million nationalist nutjobs …”
The parliament of the UK held a referendum in 2016 to settle the question of Europe ‘Once and for all’.
It gave a promise to the UK electorate that it would step aside and ‘treat the result as an instruction’.
In other words, it promised that on this occasion, MPs would play no part in the decision.
We are encouraged to believe that the best way to effect change in a democratic society is peacefully, through the ballot box.
That requires the acquiescence of the losing side (that includes you).
The people of the UK acted in good faith, and the winning side expected that the promise would be honoured.
These are the people whom you smear as ‘nationalist nut jobs’.
Since the referendum, the losing side, led by some very rich and powerful actors has unleashed an endless barrage of attacks in a blatant effort to strike the result down.
What should the losing side conclude from this? Maybe that the ballot box does not work. So what then? Direct action, civil unrest?
So far, the nationalist nut jobs have been very restrained – not bad for nut jobs.
In fact, they have patiently re-expressed their views at the ballot box twice since the referendum – firstly at the EU Parliamentary elections, and then last week at the General Election.
You say these nutjobs ‘love their country above reason itself’, but as usual, you don’t venture beyond the lazy, childish, meaningless ad-hominem.
Then you crow about these nutjobs “who obsess continually about ‘traitors’…”.
During the past couple of years the UK government has been in negotiations with the EU and the foreign powers behind it to protect the interests of the UK. At the same time, these rich and powerful actors were in secret negotiations with the same foreign powers with the explicit intent of sabotaging the UK’s position. Some people would reasnoably judge this to be self-evidently treasonous.
“Betrayal, treachery, breach of faith or allegiance.” and “Traitor. One who breaks faith, or betrays a trust; one guilty of treason” (https://lawi.org.uk/treason/)

You’re coming close to Amelia Cantor in the tiresome troll stakes.

Filbert Flange

19th December 2019 at 7:29 pm

A superb comment Mr Smith, impeccably argued and delightfully prescient.

However if you could continue to overlook mea sua subtilitate sermonum, I’d be punched as pleased! I love retorting to poor arguments with ad hominem, or often with simple grunts, clicks and squeals. Scares the bejeebus out of the fish though…

Neil McCaughan

19th December 2019 at 9:19 pm

No one needs your permission to cast their vote. Or the permission of any other clown.

Jack Enright

20th December 2019 at 5:12 pm

Zenobia Palmyra – are you sure you shouldn’t change your name to Xenophobe Palmyra?
Because your posts display for all to see your racist loathing of the British.

Billy Smith

19th December 2019 at 12:21 pm

I trust Dalla Mura will appeal and am confident that if she does many people will come forward through crowd-funding to help defray her legal expenses.

Graham Woodford

19th December 2019 at 11:48 am

As a lawyer, you of course know that it’s not because she ‘insulted’ Soubry, but because of harassment. I’m (nor are you) not in a position to judge whether the behaviour of this woman has amounted to this but a court thinks so.

By the logic of this argument, when media celebrity Yaxley-Lennon was banging on the door and windows of that chap he claimed had put his family in danger, he was indeed not harassing anyone, in merely demanding ‘a little friendly chat’ he was doing exactly that. The case of those chaps confronting Soubry outside Parliament that you mention is interesting. I’d say the words used by themselves aren’t menacing (though those like ‘traitor’ and ‘enemy of the people’ do seem pretty inflammatory), but I thought their attitude and posture to Soubry was pretty threatening and intimidating, and I think most reasonable people would too.

But then Spiked always does this – takes any tweet or comment from those it disagrees with as ‘hysterical’, ‘unhinged’, or conspiracy of the metropolitan establishment to curb our freedoms; while those expressing the views it supports are only doing so ‘robustly’ as part of the cut and thrust of debate. However, you are the metropolitan elite, Spiked, and not even using sneaky descriptions like Soubry holding conferences in ‘swish hotels’ – what bastions of the downtrodden masses you are – will continue to disguise this for much longer.

TrappedInTheOffSide .

20th December 2019 at 10:31 am

Yes, spiked has 2 tools in its shed, a megaphone and a sledgehammer.

Kathryn Barbara

19th December 2019 at 11:13 am

By my estimation her jailing for said offences makes her a political prisoner. Soubry is a barrister by trade so it’s no surprise she turned to the law. As a politician she is saying that free speech against a politician at a political hustling is illegal. It is not.

Wilson Reggs

19th December 2019 at 10:58 am

Fantastic article- and very scary. The article deserves to be widely distributed. Would be interesting to know more about the double standards involved: are Remainer MPs being given more protection than Brexiteers – and are they more likely to complain ?

harry briggs

19th December 2019 at 10:55 am

I wonder if this would apply to all those momentum hecklers who are organised to shout down Conservatives on occasion, probably not.

Willie Penwright

19th December 2019 at 10:19 am

There is a difference between heckling and preventing someone from speaking.

Ed Turnbull

19th December 2019 at 10:17 am

Hmm? Let’s just parse this situation: Soubry was elected to represent the views of her constituents. The majority of her constituents voted leave, and Soubry refused to represent those views, actively campaigning for the opposing position. I think that’s a fairly good example of treachery, and one who practices treachery is known as a…hmm, what’s the word? Oh yeah, *traitor*.

So, we have further evidence (not that any was needed), that enunciating the truth (or certain *inconvenient* truths anyway) is a criminal offence in this country. Bloody marvellous. So, when can I expect the rozzers at my door?

Marvin Jones

19th December 2019 at 11:38 am

Nice one Ed. We must stop these parasites who refuse to enact the will of the people who put them in the house. Their duty is to serve their constituents demands and not to use them for a number of years to shaft the tax payers by stuffing their bank accounts. If they can’t do their duty, then they must step down, and withdraw their elongated snouts from the trough.

David Knight

19th December 2019 at 9:36 pm

Ed great point

TrappedInTheOffSide .

21st December 2019 at 7:16 pm

I came to the opinion that those backing leave were not acting in the best Interests of the country. It really does come down to opinion, because the majority voted the other way does that make me a traitor??

Ven Oods

19th December 2019 at 9:01 am

I think the magistrate was a complete arse. Should I be expecting a knock on the door and 28 days in the Gulag?

steve moxon

19th December 2019 at 8:11 am

Given you get criminalised merely for robustly confronting hypocritical traitors like Sourpuss, then you might as well chuck whole cartons of eggs at them. This too used to be a time-honoured means of expressing contempt towards politicians that was symbolic, not violent.
In the case of Sourpuss, a well-aimed punch would have garnered widespread applause and crowd-funding to cover the cost of legal defence and compensation for any imprisonment!
…. not that I’m encouraging such behaviour, you understand! … but for myself I would definitely have egged the appalling bigot if she had come anywhere near where I live.

Michael Lynch

19th December 2019 at 7:40 am

Who cares about Soubry anymore. She’s irrelevant.

Reginald Vardy

19th December 2019 at 7:33 am

For good measure, Arbuthnot also banned him from Parliament Square. Such ‘tirades’ were unacceptable in the face of a ‘vulnerable’ Soubry who had shown ‘great courage’, she said.

There’s that word vulnerable rearing its head again. Vulnerable seems to encompass quite a spectrum these days, from the dole queue to the benches of the house of commons, when a word is misused in this fashion, whether by accident or through design there is only one real world outcome, within any serious discourse it completely loses its value.

Dominic Straiton

19th December 2019 at 7:11 am

Repeal all hate speech laws, repeal the human rights act.Get rid of the “supreme” court. The British justice system has been utterly corrupted.
While were at it repeal the equalities act.

Kathryn Barbara

19th December 2019 at 11:16 am

Yes please. They are poison to political and cultural life.

Marvin Jones

19th December 2019 at 11:44 am

YES! just rely on common sense, logic and intellect. 50 year sentences for murder, abolish manslaughter to reduce the seriousness of their evil crimes, then deal with the hundreds of injustices that condone all law breaking.

Claire D

19th December 2019 at 1:56 pm

And yes again. It is a flagrantly unjust, discriminatory piece of legislation.

Jim Lawrie

21st December 2019 at 8:57 pm

No end of support for that list.

Add judge made law on pain of their pension, and judicial review.

Danny Rees

19th December 2019 at 5:08 am

“This isn’t the first time we have seen the heavy-handed treatment of political protest. In July this year, the same chief magistrate gave a suspended sentence to another anti-Soubry protester who called her a ‘Nazi’ and a ‘traitor’. For good measure, Arbuthnot also banned him from Parliament Square. Such ‘tirades’ were unacceptable in the face of a ‘vulnerable’ Soubry who had shown ‘great courage’, she said.”

The writer is talking about James Goddard who is such a delightful defender of free speech.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/yellow-vests-james-goddard-threat-manchester-protest-arrest-a8771851.html

James Knight

19th December 2019 at 9:06 am

It is irrelevant. Free speech is for everyone or it is for no-one.

Jonnie Henly

19th December 2019 at 6:40 pm

“It is irrelevant. Free speech is for everyone or it is for no-one.”

Exactly, and it seems as though that point is lost on James Goddard.

Richard Evans

23rd December 2019 at 8:35 am

Correct. Soubry called him and others “Fascists”, “racists” and saying they need “sorting out” and said she “wasn’t intimidated” live on TV, but apparently slandering someone live on TV doesn’t require action isn’t equivalent to shouting in the high street.

https://youtu.be/zrLekZuMK1k?t=128

Robert Spowart

19th December 2019 at 3:03 pm

James Goddard was an idiot.
However, who was the person who appears to have stirred up the incident, apparently acting as an Agent Provocateur, who despite being clearing shewn stirring the trouble up and taking part in the abuse hurling, was never sought by police or, indeed has ever been identified?
In one video shot has can be clearly seen exchanging words with Soubry’s Chief of Staff and appearing to place something into his pocket.

Chris Thorogood

19th December 2019 at 1:23 am

Whilst I don’t like to see fragile or people with issues verbally harassed. Soubry should have known being heckled comes with the job.
What makes it more farcical, is that she’s claimed to be ‘tough’ the past. IIRC, in the presence of Brendan O’Neill, she had a meltdown over his polite opinion.

steve moxon

19th December 2019 at 8:03 am

Indeed. Foul-mouthed confrontation is clearly a step up from any of the supposed harassment for which her opponents have been criminalised.

ZENOBIA PALMYRA

19th December 2019 at 2:23 pm

You Brexiteers are a pretty thin-skinned bunch. Let’s face it, aggressive racist/nationalist nutters were never going to vote remain, were they?

David George

19th December 2019 at 5:20 pm

If the current round of tantrums are any indication it would appear that thinness of skin is a much more serious problem for the remaining remainers.

Noel Mac

25th December 2019 at 12:50 pm

What’s it to do with you who we British vote for? Keep your nose out of our affairs and we will reciprocate. Regards.

Richard Evans

23rd December 2019 at 8:29 am

I just watched an interview with Soubry in which she was heckled by the crowd outside Parliament. She claimed being called a Nazi is a criminal offence and in the next breath calls them fascists and racists, the woman is dimmer than a 4W bulb

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