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'They're my Brexit Bovver boots'! Tory MP Anna Soubry says she wears shoes she can RUN in amid 'Yellow Vest' fury and refuses to stand at tube platform edge over fears she'll be 'pushed onto line'

  • Anna Soubry was branded a 'Nazi' by Brexit protesters outside Parliament 
  • She says 85-year-old mother has received a threatening letter at her home 
  • Prosecutors are now determining whether the activists committed an offence 
  • Remain voting MPs and Brexiteers are taking extra security measures  

By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Published: 05:37 EST, 10 January 2019 | Updated: 15:14 EST, 10 January 2019

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The Tory MP branded a 'Nazi' by furious Yellow Vest Brexiteers says she wears shoes that enable a quick getaway.

Anna Soubry - who campaigned to remain in the European Union and wants a second referendum - has dubbed her trusty footwear 'Brexit Bovver Boots' and said: 'They are absolutely glorious.'

The Broxtowe MP said even her 85-year-old mother has been threatened, with a letter that read: 'We know where you are, look out for yourself.' 

British conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry, right, who campaigned to remain in the European Union during referendum debates, walks among Brexit protesters outside parliament in London today alongside Labour MP Jess Phillips
British conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry, right, who campaigned to remain in the European Union during referendum debates, walks among Brexit protesters outside parliament in London today alongside Labour MP Jess Phillips

British conservative lawmaker Anna Soubry, right, who campaigned to remain in the European Union during referendum debates, walks among Brexit protesters outside parliament in London today alongside Labour MP Jess Phillips

She told The Times that she positions herself far from the tracks of the London Underground for fear 'that someone could push me on the line'. 

Anna Soubry calls the shoes her 'Brexit Bovver Boots'
Anna Soubry calls the shoes her 'Brexit Bovver Boots'

Anna Soubry calls the shoes her 'Brexit Bovver Boots'

'When I am in London and take the Tube I always keep my back to the wall,' she said.

It comes as police were accused of 'wishy washy' policing outside the Houses of Parliament.

Pro-Brexit protesters have been mirroring French demonstrations in Paris by donning yellow safety vests. 

On Saturday left-wing activists are set to wear the jackets as they march through the capital to demand a general election.   

But prosecutors are currently assessing whether the yellow vested protesters who harangued politicians like Ms Soubry outside the Houses of Parliament may have committed an offence.  

It follows a series of incidents in which politicians were filmed being confronted by protesters. On Monday, Ms Soubry's live television interviews opposite Parliament on College Green were interrupted by chants branding her a 'Nazi' and a 'liar'.

Scotland Yard said police investigating 'a number' of allegations have requested advice from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). 

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: 'The Met are currently investigating a number of allegations that have been made to police and have referred the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service for early investigative advice.'

A CPS spokesman said: 'We have today received a request for early investigative advice from the Metropolitan Police regarding an incident outside the Palace of Westminster on January 7 and will respond to them in due course.'

Whitehall authorities have pledged extra security for politicians who feel like they need it and Prime Minister Theresa May yesterday told the House of Commons that politicians and media should be able to 'go about their work without harassment and intimidation'.

After Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right terrorist in 2016, extra security measures including panic buttons and locks were made available in the offices and homes of politicians. 

Brexiteer Tory MP David Davies has taken to wearing a body camera to record any abuse that may be directed at him.

David Davies (pictured) has started wearing a bodycam to record any abuse he may receive from Remain voters 
David Davies (pictured) has started wearing a bodycam to record any abuse he may receive from Remain voters 

David Davies (pictured) has started wearing a bodycam to record any abuse he may receive from Remain voters 

Anna Soubry was targeted by Brexiteer demonstrators outside Parliament and says she wears shoes that allow for a quick getaway 
Anna Soubry was targeted by Brexiteer demonstrators outside Parliament and says she wears shoes that allow for a quick getaway 

Anna Soubry was targeted by Brexiteer demonstrators outside Parliament and says she wears shoes that allow for a quick getaway 

Labour's Harriet Harman and Conservative Ken Clarke are calling for an inquiry due to fears that intimidation and threats are stopping MPs going about their work. 

And Parliament's joint committee on human rights will hear evidence from politicians on both sides of the Commons on the threat to MPs.  

The Metropolitan Police have pledged to enhance their presence in Westminster. A parliamentary spokesman said security in the Commons is taken 'extremely seriously'.

Conservative MP Anna Soubry needing a police escort as she is harangued by right wing protesters wearing HiViz tabards
Conservative MP Anna Soubry needing a police escort as she is harangued by right wing protesters wearing HiViz tabards
Justine Greening (pictured left) is seen talking to Anna Soubry in Parliament after attending PMQs
Justine Greening (pictured left) is seen talking to Anna Soubry in Parliament after attending PMQs

Conservative MP Anna Soubry needing a police escort as she is harangued by right wing protesters wearing HiViz tabards in December last year (pictured left). And chatting to Justine Greening (pictured right) in December after PMQs

A band of pro EU protesters have gathered outside Parliament on College Green where they have been noisily protesting (pictured, today)
A band of pro EU protesters have gathered outside Parliament on College Green where they have been noisily protesting (pictured, today)

A band of pro EU protesters have gathered outside Parliament on College Green where they have been noisily protesting (pictured, today)

Pro and anti Brexit protesters angrily clash with each other outside parliament as they continue their noisy demonstrations (pictured, today) - while MPs inside Westminster debated Brexit
Pro and anti Brexit protesters angrily clash with each other outside parliament as they continue their noisy demonstrations (pictured, today) - while MPs inside Westminster debated Brexit

Pro and anti Brexit protesters angrily clash with each other outside parliament as they continue their noisy demonstrations (pictured, today) - while MPs inside Westminster debated Brexit

What are bovver boots?

MP Anna Soubry has described her hefty boots as her 'Brexit Bovver Boots.'

Originally the boots, sturdy in design and often with steel toe-caps, were worn by workmen. 

But they became associated with skinheads and football hooligans who would use the boots in altercations, causing serious damage.

They were co-opted by punk rockers in the 1970s and became a symbol of rebellion.

They are still immensely popular and fashionable, with the most famous designer of the boot being Dr. Martens. 

'For security reasons, we cannot discuss our arrangements at parliament or MPs' security arrangements away from the estate,' he added. 

It comes after Prime Minister Theresa May demanded Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to say sorry about comments that spoke of 'lynching' ex-work and pensions secretary Esther McVey.

Mr McDonnell insisted he was not approving of such an action when he quoted a member of the public four years ago.

Mrs May has stated that politicians and journalists 'should be able to go about their work without harassment and intimidation'. 

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has also condemned abuse and called for a 'safe space for political debate'.

 

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