Friday 21 June 2019 / 12:14 PM Shami Chakrabarti

Mark Field must be suspended from the Conservative Party and the Whip – Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti, Labour’s Shadow Attorney General, commenting on Mark Field’s suspension as a Foreign Office Minister, said:

“While it is a relief that Mark Field has been suspended from Government, he must be suspended from the Conservative Party and the Whip pending the disciplinary process and any police investigation following criminal complaints.

“The distressing camera footage clearly demonstrates that the Minister was not acting in self-defence and “acting instinctively” is no defence if your instincts come from a sense of entitlement and violent disdain for a young woman engaged in peaceful protest at a political event.

“Jeremy Hunt, Mark Field’s boss, has refused to condemn his actions and Boris Johnson remains silent. We have a right to know what the candidates to be our next Prime Minister think about the actions of a Foreign Minister, who should be setting a better example in relation to the treatment of women and protesters on the world stage.”