A former Conservative MP who grabbed a local weather change activist by the neck at a black-tie City dinner breached ministerial code, a Government probe has discovered.
Mark Field was suspended after marching Janet Barker out of Mansion House earlier than standing down from Parliament.
The Cabinet Office investigation into the incident in June discovered he was ‘justified in intervening to try to stop’ her reaching the highest of the desk as then-chancellor Philip Hammond began his speech.
Today’s report accepted he needed to make a ‘split-second decision’ however mentioned he had the choice of ‘simply blocking her way’ reasonably then clasping her neck.
The Prime Minister’s impartial adviser on ministerial requirements Sir Alex Allan mentioned he additionally may have waited for ‘others to shepherd her out’ as an alternative of grabbing Ms Barker.
After reviewing footage of the incident and feedback of interviewees, he mentioned the power utilized by the previous MP was ‘not consistent with the high standards of behaviour expected of ministers and with treating Ms Barker with consideration and respect’.
He was suspended by then-Prime Minister Theresa May, who reviewed footage of the incident and referred to as it ‘very concerning’.
The City of London Police investigated allegations of Mr Field assaulting Ms Barker however determined to drop the case and take ‘no further action’.
The ex-MP mentioned he was ‘genuinely worries she might have been armed’ however mentioned he ‘deeply regretted the incident’.
Recalling how the incident left her ‘shaken up’, Ms Barker added: ‘There was over 300 individuals in that room on the time and there was just one that reacted in that means.
‘We had that message, we had the climate emergency, and I think it was quite obvious that we were there for that reason – for a peaceful protest and we weren’t armed.
‘I was armed with peer reviewed science – the message that we were giving out. That’s all I used to be armed with.’