Protesters occupy Parliament lobby interrupting on air broadcast as security step in
In more incredible scenes from the world of UK politics, a security guard in the House of Commons has been seen interrupting a live Sky News interview amid a sit-in protest by the environmental group Greenpeace.
Jon Craig, the broadcaster’s chief political correspondent, was chatting to Conservative MPs Laura Farris and Rebecca Pow in the central lobby of parliament when the guard came over and attempted to place a hand over the camera.
Noticing the uniformed official, Mr Craig remarked: “We’re midway through an interview, excuse me.”
It came just moments after more than 30 activists were seen sitting on the floor of the lobby in the background, in an occupation of the lobby.
They wrote: “While the government is in chaos, almost seven million people are facing fuel poverty. We need the next government to deliver a proper windfall tax to insulate homes and keep people warm this winter.”
Opting to wrap up the interview pretty quickly following the security guard’s interruption, Mr Craig thanked Ms Farris and Ms Pow for speaking to Sky News “and the policeman”, who proceeded to walk in shot with his back to the camera.
“You’re live on Sky News,” he added.
While it has not been made clear why the guard chose to intervene on the live broadcast following the protest, the “bizarre” scenes have since been shared on Twitter:
\u201cBizarre scenes as parliamentary security stop @SkyNews from broadcasting from the lobby as a sit in protest is taking place.\u201d
\u201c@scottygb @SkyNews They have some questions to answer. Why should a protest in the lobby require Sky to cut away from it? It's the mother of all public buildings. Access to it - and for broadcasters to film in it - is sacred. Over to you, @UKParliament?\u201d
In a statement to Indy100, a House of Commons spokesperson said: "We are aware of a protest on the Parliamentary Estate that was attended by parliamentary security and MPS [the Metropolitan Police Service] who dealt with the situation promptly.
"Broadcasting of protests or disorder is not permitted and broadcasters are regularly reminded of the rules."
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