UK lawmaker suspended after ejecting Greenpeace protester from gala

June 22, 2019

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Mark Field tackling the Greenpeace climate protester at the dinner.—AFP
Mark Field tackling the Greenpeace climate protester at the dinner.—AFP

LONDON: British Prime Minister Theresa May’s office suspended Foreign Office Minister Mark Field on Friday while an investigation takes place into his treatment of a climate change protester at the gala Mansion House dinner.

The City of London Police, the Cabinet Office and the governing Conservative Party are all looking into the incident that took place on Thursday night at the annual black-tie event that showcases the financial industry.

Ms May’s office said she saw the footage and found it “concerning”. Treasury chief Philip Hammond was speaking when activists, wearing red dresses and sashes reading “Climate Change Emergency,” began milling around tables at the event. Video shows the female protester walking forward toward Hammond when Field blocks her path. He then pushes her into a pillar to turn her around and places his hand firmly on her neck as he leads her away.

Published in Dawn, June 22nd, 2019