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Second man charged with harassment of MP Anna Soubry outside Parliament



A second man has been charged with harassment after former Conservative MP Anna Soubry was taunted outside Parliament.

Brian Phillips, 55, of Dale View, Erith, south-east London, was charged with harassment of an MP between December 19 last year and January 7.

He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Friday June 21.

The Remainer MP was allegedly targeted outside Parliament during live television interviews on College Green in January.

A Crown Prosecution Service spokesman said: “Following a review of the evidence by CPS London South, we authorised the police to charge Brian Phillips, 55, with one count of harassment.

“He was charged today (June 6) and will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 21 for his first hearing.

“The CPS reminds everyone that criminal proceedings are now active and Mr Phillips has a right to a fair trial.

“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

At a Westminster Magistrates’ Court hearing in March, self-styled “yellow vest” protester James Goddard denied calling the MP a “Nazi” and a “traitor”.

He will return for a two-day trial on July 19, during which Ms Soubry is expected to be among the witnesses.

Reporting by Press Association.



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