MPs have 'serious concerns about the security situation' around Parliament

Owen Jones mocked the protesters who were harassing him

Owen Jones mocked the protesters who were harassing him

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Laurence Taylor said Scotland Yard would be "enhancing the policing presence" after MP Anna Soubry was branded a Nazi by a mob during television interviews and then followed to the Palace of Westminster.

The signed letter also criticized the police for their "lack of coordination" in responding to the abuse and failing on upholding their assurances that such behavior would not be tolerated following a similar incident that occurred last month.

The MPs said: "We write to express our serious concerns about the deteriorating public order and security situation in and around the exterior of the parliamentary estate including College Green".

Labour lawmaker Stephen Doughty, who organized the letter, told BBC TV that there could be a repeat of the murder of Labour lawmaker Jo Cox, killed in a frenzied street attack a week before the 2016 Brexit vote by a man obsessed with Nazis and extreme right-wing ideology.

"However, it's one thing demonstrating from a distance with placards or calling out slogans and another, where the protester invades the personal space of a member, subjects him or her to a tirade of menacing, racist, sexist and misogynistic abuse, and follows them back to their place of work".

The Met Police has in response issued a statement on Tuesday, saying that officers on duty near Parliament have been "briefed to intervene appropriately where they hear or see breaches of the law". "And I think people are beginning to realise that it's the Prime Minister's deal or there may not be a Brexit".

Protesters could be heard chanting "Soubry is a Nazi" as she appeared on BBC News from College Green, across the road from Parliament.

A Met Police spokesman said: "Police received a third party report of a public order offence on Monday, January 7, in the area of College Green".

"Now, because somebody in Westminster has been abused, we're told the police are investigating whether there's been a crime", he observed wryly.

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"There has been no arrest at this stage".

Emma Reynolds, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, who signed the letter, said: "I'm appalled at the treatment of Anna Soubry, but I'm afraid I am not surprised by it". This is Britain now.

"I don't say that they're the only people on the receiving end of this completely unacceptable behaviour but they have been and are being deliberately and disproportionately targeted".

The protesters were also criticised by high-profile Brexit supporters, including presenter Piers Morgan and former MP Douglas Carswell.

In September, Conservative lawmaker Jacob Rees-Mogg, a prominent campaigner for Brexit, was confronted outside his home by activists who told his children "your daddy is a terrible person" and "lots of people hate him".

The Speaker said he was "keeping a close eye on events" as he voiced concerns over incidents involving "aggressive and threatening behaviour" towards MPs.

"We will deal robustly with incidents of harassment and abuse against anyone where that harassment or abuse constitutes a criminal offence", he said in a statement.

"MPs, public figures, should be free to go about and express their opinion without the threat of violence", he agreed.

"Where laws are already in place, it's important that they are respected".

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