Saturday 19 October 2019

'Flashers in the public gallery!' - 12 semi-naked protesters arrested after invading House of Commons

Protesters in the public gallery Pic: James Heappey MP Twitter
Protesters in the public gallery Pic: James Heappey MP Twitter
Claire Murphy

Claire Murphy

'Semi-naked' protesters have invaded the public gallery of the House of Commons in London as the debate on Brexit began, according to reports.

It's understood that there are up to 12 protesters wearing just underwear and body paint, saying 'climate justice now' in the gallery.

The BBC political correspondent Andrew Sinclair tweeted: "Flashers in the public gallery!!"

"Climate protesters are wearing thongs and nothing else with climate change slogans painted on their backs.

"Debate on Brexit in commons continues as does the protest.

"One mp thanks a colleague for 'a cheeky intervention' another thanks a colleague for 'fleshing out the arguments'."

The incident lasted around 25 minutes; some glued their hands to the glass and had to be removed by police, who later said 12 people had been arrested for "outraging public decency".

A press release from the activists Extinction Rebellion stated that a number of activists glued their hands to surfaces in the public gallery, inspired by suffragettes' protest 100 years ago.

"Today 11 activists from Extinction Rebellion stripped off in the House of Commons public gallery in an attempt to draw politicians’ attention to the climate and ecological crisis," the release said.

"Two of the group wore full grey body paint and elephant masks to bring the message that politicians neglect of the climate crisis has become an ‘elephant in the room’. Inspired by the suffragettes’ protest in the same building over 100 years ago, activists glued their hands to surfaces in the public gallery."

MPs will choose from four Brexit options in the second round of the indicative vote process.

None of the eight alternatives to Prime Minister Theresa May's plan considered last week won a majority.

But four of the ideas considered then will be considered again by MPs after Speaker John Bercow made his selection of motions to be put to the vote.

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