Anti-vaxxer mob ambushes Michael Gove as they push past police to hurl foul-mouthed abuse and yell about ‘illegal lockdowns being pushed on this country’
- The Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, 54, targeted
- Mr Gove, 54, looked alarmed as the group began approaching before police
- It comes four days after MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death in surgery
Michael Gove had to be shielded by a ring of police as he was ambushed with no protection by a mob of anti-vaxxer protesters
The 54-year-old Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities was swarmed by the angry crowd as he walked through Westminster.
It comes just four days after MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death as he held a constituency surgery.
One protester was able to get in his face before any police officers reached him, but then scores of officers formed a protective ring to get him into a building.
They were part of a march organised by groups Official Voice and GB Resistance against lockdown and the vaccine.
The protesters were able to get in his face before any police officers reacted to the approach
The mob soon swarmed the minister shouting abuse and foul mouthed chants at the MP
A man who was inches away shouted something about ‘illegal lockdowns being pushed on this country’.
Yells of ‘Arrest Michael Gove’ and other foul-mouthed insults rang out during the confrontation, which was captured on multiple cameras.
It is believed the minister had only been out for his lunch and had a cup of coffee in his hand.
At one point a piece of paper thrown at him appeared to briefly hit his face as he looked bewildered by the mob.
The frightening attack happened just after 2pm this afternoon.
He is approached by one man who challenges him on the lockdowns second before a police man arrives, shortly before scores more officers appear.
Calm before the storm as Mr Gove, 54, was oblivious of the impending street confrontation
Scores of officers quickly swooped to protect the politician but he had been reached already
Another bizarrely shouts ‘Hello Mr Michael Gove, how are you today’ as he films the encounter.
By now police are completely surrounding the minister but more crowds of protesters have also arrived.
One of the mob yells ‘Michael Gove, you’re a f***ing idiot’ and then chants ‘do your job’.
The police then shepherd him into the Fry Building on Horseferry Road as he appears shaken as he tried to go through security.
A spokeswoman for the Met Police said: ‘We’re aware of a protest in Westminster today which is marching to a number of locations. During this protest, a group attempted to surround a Member of Parliament on Horseferry Road.
‘Our officers were immediately on scene where they safely escorted him to a nearby building.
‘There were no arrests. We know there is footage circulating online of this incident, we will review this and our officers body worn video to see if any offences occurred.
‘We continue to escort the protest and will be working hard to disrupt any potential criminal activity. ‘