Grim scenes outside Parliament today and disgraceful treatment of Sir Keir Starmer. All Members of Parliament have a right to go about our lawful business without intimidation. This, I fear, is the direct result of the deliberately careless use of language in the Chamber.
— Sir Roger Gale MP (@Sir Roger Gale MP)
Labour MP Dammy Lammy was also walking with Sir Keir when the incident occurred. He wrote on Twitter: “No surprise the conspiracy theorist thugs who harassed @Keir_Starmer & I repeated slurs we heard from @BorisJohnson last week at the despatch box.
“Intimidation, harassment and lies have no place in our democracy. And they won’t ever stop me doing my job.”
No surprise the conspiracy theorist thugs who harassed @Keir_Starmer & I repeated slurs we heard from @BorisJohnson last week at the despatch box.\n\nIntimidation, harassment and lies have no place in our democracy. And they won\u2019t ever stop me doing my job.pic.twitter.com/Io4JBJoHfQ
Boris Johnson and his cabal have systematically legitimised and whipped up the English far right, and this is just the latest grim consequence.pic.twitter.com/OQn3ogwuze
— Owen Jones \ud83c\udf39 (@Owen Jones \ud83c\udf39)
Westminster has been out of control for years. The scenes round Parliament Square in the May years were terrifying. Solutions are hard. People have rights. Should something appalling happen, things will change overnight. In the meantime, it feels like we\u2019re just waiting for it.
In the last 30 years, we've had 6 prime ministers:\n\nJohn Major\nTony Blair\nGordon Brown\nDavid Cameron\nTheresa May \nBoris Johnson\n\nSay what you like about the first 5, but there is no way *any* of them would have weaponised a serial child abuser to smear a leader of the opposition.
A reminder that Boris Johnson has previous on this. When he made his racist comments comparing Muslim women to letterboxes and bank robbers, there was a spike in attacks recorded against Muslims, with 42% of attackers directly referencing Johnson, or the language he used.
This is terrifying - I hope @Keir_Starmer is OK. \n@BorisJohnson & every Tory Minister and politician who have defended the Savile slur are complicit in this. Words have consequences - and failure to condemn is to condone. Tory MPs know what to do - they have got to get him outhttps://twitter.com/politicsjoe_uk/status/1490754883724713987\u00a0\u2026
4 months after David Ames was stabbed to death Johnson desperate to save his job decided to provoke violence against the leader of the opposition. @BorisJohnson needs to retract his Saville statement ....he won't because he literally has no integrity, none.\n#JohnsonTheLiar
Tobias Ellwood the Conservative MP who chairs the Commons Defence Committee, told the prime minister “apologise please”.
“Let’s stop this drift towards a Trumpian style of politics from becoming the norm,” he added.
Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s first minister, said: “Any politician choosing to weaponise online conspiracy theories against opponents knows fine well that they risk stirring up the kind of hate and abuse that Keir Starmer experienced today.
“If he has any decency at all, the PM will now apologise unreservedly.”
Two arrests were made following the incident on the Victoria Embankment on Monday, with a Metropolitan Police statement saying: “Shortly after 5:10pm on Monday, February 7th, a man who had been surrounded by a group of protesters near to New Scotland Yard, was taken away from the scene by a police car.
“A man and a woman were arrested at the scene for assault of an emergency worker after a traffic cone was thrown at a police officer.”
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