UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field faces backlash after footage emerged showing him grabbing climate change protester and forcing her out of venue (video)


UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field faces backlash after footage emerged showing him grabbing?climate change protester and forcing her out of venue (video)



Foreign Office minister Mark Field has faced backlash after video footage showed him roughly grabbing a climate change protester and physically removing her from a dinner at Mansion House.

In the footage, Mr Field, who is a Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom, is seen stopping a female protester by pushing her against a column before holding her at the back of the neck and forcefully walking her out of the room.

It came as activists interrupted a black-tie event where Chancellor Philip Hammond was giving a speech.

UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field faces backlash after footage emerged showing him grabbing?climate change protester and forcing her out of venue (video)

According to ITV, Mr Field has referred himself to the Cabinet Office for investigation and has apologised "unreservedly" to the protester.

In a statement to ITV, Field is quoted as saying: "In the confusion many guests understandably felt threatened and when one protester rushed past me towards the top table I instinctively reacted. There was no security present and I was for a split-second genuinely worried she might have been armed.

"As a result I grasped the intruder firmly in order to remove her from the room as swiftly as possible."

He added that he "deeply" regretted the incident and would cooperate fully with a Cabinet Office investigation.

UK Foreign Office minister Mark Field faces backlash after footage emerged showing him grabbing?climate change protester and forcing her out of venue (video)

After the footage emerged, Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley told the Press Association that Mr Field had done nothing wrong.

He said: "The woman clearly was trying to create a fuss. Most viewers would say it’s good that she didn’t succeed."

When asked if Mr Field had been heavy-handed with the protester by grabbing her by the back of the neck, Sir Peter responded: "No, he reversed her direction and she looked as though she went willingly. I think there’s no reason to criticise Mark Field… Of course it wasn’t an assault, it was a reversal of direction."

But there was condemnation from other MPs who saw the clip of Mr Field.

Watch it below.



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