MPS have demanded an urgent review of their security after prominent Remainer Anna Soubry was called a ‘traitor’ and compared to Hitler by hecklers outside parliament.
The Tory MP was abused by pro-Brexit supporters as she waited to be quizzed by Sky News reporter Beth Rigby.
Speaking afterwards she said she was worried about the safety of MPs and journalists and revealed that three people have received custodial sentences for making death threats against her.
Police escorted Ms Soubry from the scene as two protesters followed, comparing her to Adolf Hitler over her support for a second referendum.
‘You are a traitor to this country,’ one told her in footage posted online. ‘You are on the side of Adolf Hitler. Why do you think you can get away with it?’
Ms Soubry tweeted: ‘This group of thugs targeted a number of people outside parliament today including journalists going about their work. They undermine British democracy.
‘I was a little distracted at the time being called a “f***ing traitor” by a rather large and aggressive man — against a backdrop of death threats.’
Labour MP Chris Bryant urged authorities to review security around parliament ‘as a matter of urgency’ while suggesting Ms Soubry ‘should be given a damehood for her calm response’.
Labour’s Stella Creasey tweeted: ‘This is horrifying. Wherever people stand on Brexit you have a right to make your case without being followed in the street and having traitor shouted at you and being told you agree with Hitler.’
Those prosecuted include John Wombwell, 58, who was jailed for eight weeks last year for calling Ms Soubry’s office to say she should be ‘Jo Cox’d’, in reference to the Labour MP murdered by a far-right extremist in June 2016.
Sky News presenter Kay Burley (pictured) has also been the subject of misogynistic abuse while broadcasting outside parliament and wrote yesterday of how another man emailed her, calling her a ‘feminazi’ and saying she was one of the reasons ‘men hit women’.