British minister suspended for manhandling protester
A British minister was suspended on Friday after he was filmed physically removing a climate change protester from a dinner in London. Mark Field accosted the female activist as she walked towards finance minister Phillip Hammond, pushing her against a column before frogmarching her out of the room. Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said it had suspended the junior Foreign Office minister. “The prime minister has seen the footage and she found it very concerning,” Downing Street said. “He will be suspended as a minister while investigations take place.” Field told ITV that he “deeply” regretted his actions, saying that “in the confusion many guests understandably felt threatened and when one protester rushed past me towards the top table”. “There was no security present and I was for a split-second genuinely worried she might have been armed.” The Conservative politician has referred himself to the Cabinet Office for investigation.