Politicians from across the political parties have condemned individuals who attempted to attack Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Conservative MP for North East Somerset, during a meeting at the University of West England. The individuals broke into a private meeting but Rees-Mogg attempted to engage with them before the situation deteriorated.
“They shouted at me, but they weren’t going to hit me. They didn’t want to talk about politics, they just wanted to stop the event. I’m of the sticks-and-stones school of thought. I wanted to stop anyone being hit because the whole thing would have degenerated. I didn’t think anyone was going to hit me so I felt quite safe intervening. I spoke afterwards; I was there for ages”.
Chris Bryant, the Labour MP for the Rhondda, said:
“I nearly always disagree with Jacob Rees-Mogg, but politics must be based on respect. Violence has no place”.
Angela Rayner, the Labour MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, said on Twitter:
“My politics are not those of @Jacob_Rees_Mogg however l utterly condemn the behaviour of those tonight who tried to attack him whilst he was due to speak at an event he was invited to. It’s extremely intimidating for any MP who travels alone to an event to be treated like this”.
Conor Burns, the Conservative MP for Bournemouth West, said on Twitter:
“Free speech is the corner stone of a free society. That and exchange of ideas should thrive on any University campus. What was done to @Jacob_Rees_Mogg today by masked moronic hoodlums was an attempt to silence free speech and should be condemned by all in politics”.