North East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg was caught up in violent scenes at the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus tonight.
Protestors walked in and tried to stop him from speaking at a student event. According to the BBC, the protesters were cleared from the hall within five minutes and the Conservative MP resumed his speech to the Politics and International Relations Society.
Tonight a spokesman for Avon & Somerset Police said: “We were called to the University of the West of England’s Frenchay campus at about 6.30pm today following a report of a public order incident.
“No arrests were made and an investigation is under way to see if any criminal offences were committed.
“If anyone has mobile phone footage they feel would help our inquiry, please call 101 and give the log number 844 of February 2.”
Politicians from all parties have been quick to condemn the violence. Labour MP and Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner said: “My politics are not those of Jacob Rees-Mogg, however l utterly condemn the behaviour of those tonight who tried to attack him whilst he was due to speak at an event he was invited to. It’s extremely intimidating for any MP who travels alone to an event to be treated like this.”
And Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore called the violence against his neighbouring MP “utterly unacceptable”, adding that “university authorities will want to discipline those involved”.