A gay British Member of Parliament claims he was assaulted in the street by an angry Brexit voter.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle says a man lunged for his face and grabbed his glasses during a heated discussion on 21 March 2019. The assailant allegedly called the politician a traitor.
Three other men had to prise off the alleged attacker.
This comes a day after Prime Minister Theresa May made a speech about Brexit where she blamed the UK’s MPs for delaying leaving the European Union.
Russell-Moyle, who represents Brighton Kemptown, said the PM was responsible for stoking hate against elected officials.
He wrote on Twitter: ‘I was out today in the street of Kemptown with @itvnews, a vast majority want to remain and have a final say vote on deal vs remain. Unfortunately at the end of the day a man came up and started shouting at the TV crew and me. Saying MPs are the problems & we are traitors.
‘He tried to assault me, grabbed & bent my glasses and for a moment I thought he was going to hit me. 3 grown men had to prise him off me. This is not normal, I’m representing my constituents but @theresa_may has whipped up fear and division with her speech last night.
‘A minory will fall for hate or division of May but attack’s like this afternoons will not make me frit. Only by standing up & not pandering will we gain decency for our nation. One way to stand up to fear is to join the march on Saturday & demand a #FinalSay and @Another_Europe. [sic.]’
Lloyd Russell-Moyle was the first MP to disclose his HIV status in the House of Commons.
A history of violence
During the Brexit campaign in 2016, a fanatical Leave voter assassinated Labour MP for Batley and Spen Jo Cox. She was a passionate anti-racism and anti-hate advocate.
Theresa May represents the right wing Conservative Party, who currently rule with a minority government. Parliament rejected her deal to leave the European Union twice already. She also leads the first government ever to be found ‘in contempt of Parliament’.
Parliament voted on the decision after she refused to publish legal advice related to her maligned Brexit deal.
However, hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take to the streets of London to demand a final say on Brexit on Saturday 23 March 2019.
The first People’s Vote March took place on 20 October 2018 and was the second biggest protest in the history of Britain, second only to the marches against the Iraq War.