Posted on Jun 21, 2019
Mark Field, a British junior foreign minister, has been referred for a government investigation after grabbing a demonstrator by the neck and pushing her when a climate-change protest interrupted a speech by Britain’s finance minister.
Several female environmentalist activists on Thursday evening prevented finance minister Philip Hammond from speaking for a few minutes by using loudspeakers to shout slogans during an annual banquet in London’s landmark Mansion House building, Reuters reports.
In widely available video footage, posted online by broadcaster ITV, Field is clearly seen grappling with a woman and taking her by the neck as he marches her out of a room.
“I deeply regret this episode and unreservedly apologise to the lady concerned for grabbing her but in the current climate I felt the need to act decisively to close down the threat to the safety of those present,” Field said in a statement to ITV.
“In view of the publicity around this incident I am referring myself to the Cabinet Office to examine whether there has been a breach of the ministerial code, and will of course cooperate fully with their investigation,” he said.
EU Today understands that Field has been suspended from his ministerial role.
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