Protester James Goddard held over Parliament incidents


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Media captionPro-Brexit activist James Goddard arrested

Pro-Brexit activist James Goddard has been arrested in connection with incidents outside Parliament on Monday.

Police said a man in his 30s was arrested outside St James’s Park Tube station in London just before midday.

He was held on suspicion of a public order offence but was later released on bail until February.

Mr Goddard was involved in a protest in Westminster earlier this week during which Remain-supporting Conservative MP Anna Soubry was called a Nazi.

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BBC home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford said Mr Goddard’s supporters said he had been about to hand himself in at a London police station.

His “small” group of supporters were angry about his arrest, our correspondent said.

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Image caption James Goddard was involved in a pro-Brexit protest in Westminster on Monday

In recent weeks, an increasing number of protesters have gathered opposite the House of Commons, shouting and waving flags about Brexit as broadcasters interview MPs.

The BBC and other broadcasters have set up temporary studios on College Green, a traditional spot for political interviews, ahead of the Commons vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal on 15 January.

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Image caption Anna Soubry criticised police after Monday’s incident

On Monday, Conservative MP Anna Soubry was called a “Nazi” by protesters during a live BBC News interview.

Earlier that day, she had faced barracking by a group of protesters as she walked to Parliament.

In the wake of the incidents, Ms Soubry, who supports another Brexit referendum, criticised the police for not intervening at the time.

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