PM must respond to ‘injustices’ after elderly protester held outside Parliament

The Prime Minister has been urged to "end these injustices now" after a Conservative MP said he witnessed an "elderly lady peacefully protesting" about Covid restrictions get arrested outside Parliament.

A video has emerged on social media website Twitter of Broxbourne MP Sir Charles Walker witnessing an arrest in Westminster on Tuesday afternoon.

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LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: Protestors carrying a model Covid 19 vaccine syringe attend a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
A police officer asks Piers Corbyn (R), brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, to leave an anti-vaccine demonstration outside the offices of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in central London on November 24, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs that thanks to a potential vaccine "the escape route is in sight" from the coronavirus crisis -- while warning that in the immediate future "Christmas cannot be normal". (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: A protester remonstrates with police officers at a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: A protester remonstrates with police officers at a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: A protester remonstrates with police officers at a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Piers Corbyn, brother of former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn, speaks to the media as he leaves an anti-vaccine demonstration that had been held outside the offices of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in central London on November 24, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs that thanks to a potential vaccine "the escape route is in sight" from the coronavirus crisis -- while warning that in the immediate future "Christmas cannot be normal". (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: A protester remonstrates with police officers at a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Demonstrators remonstrate with police officers as they hold placards during an anti-vaccine demonstration outside the offices of the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in central London on November 24, 2020. - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told MPs that thanks to a potential vaccine "the escape route is in sight" from the coronavirus crisis -- while warning that in the immediate future "Christmas cannot be normal". (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS / AFP) (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: A protester remonstrates with police officers at a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: A protester with a model Covid 19 vaccine syringe is detained by police officers at a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 24: A protester is detained by police officers at a demonstration against a Covid 19 vaccine education event taking place in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation European HQ outside in London, United Kingdom on November 24, 2020. (Photo by Ray Tang/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
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Raising a point of order, Sir Charles told the Commons: "I have just witnessed an elderly lady peacefully protesting with a handful of other people be arrested and carried spread-eagle to a police van just outside the precinct of the House of Commons.

"This is a disgrace. This is un-British. It is unconstitutional and this Government, our Prime Minister needs to end these injustices now.

"Madam Deputy Speaker, will you bring the Prime Minister and/or the Home Secretary here today to sort this out?

"She was an old lady robbed of her dignity for having the courage to protest about having her fundamental rights and those of my constituents and others removed."

Responding to the point of order, deputy Commons speaker Dame Rosie Winterton said: "I thank the honourable gentleman for his point of order.

"I can see that this is obviously an extremely distressing situation.

"I shall of course ensure that the Speaker (Sir Lindsay Hoyle) is aware of the honourable gentleman's comments.

"But I also know that we have ministers here who I'm sure will ensure that his comments are fed back and his very strong views on the incident that happened."

Tom Ridgway, who witnessed the incident, told the PA news agency: "I saw an elderly woman, apparently an anti-lockdown protester, being bundled into the back of a police van at 2pm outside the entrance to Parliament.

"I only saw one other protester who was shouting, it didn't seem to be an organised protest."

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