Revealed: The hard-Left anti-vax aggressors who hurled abuse at Keir Starmer for ‘forgetting the working man’ were whipped into a frenzy by Jeremy Corbyn’s conspiracy theorist brother Piers – amid fury at the BBC for blaming it all on Boris
The mob who surrounded Sir Keir Starmer was dominated by the left-wing acolytes of Jeremy Corbyn‘s brother Piers, who spend most of their time urging Britons to ‘resist’ masks, vaccines and any Covid restrictions, MailOnline can reveal today.
Mr Corbyn had addressed the crowd outside New Scotland Yard last night before they chased the Labour leader down the street in Westminster.
The rag-tag bunch of professional protesters include one of his right-hand men, David Burridge, a dreadlocked anti-vaxxer who was arrested and charged for raiding the vaccination centre at Guy’s Hospital in London last month.
Also barracking Sir Keir was Edward ‘Remeece’ Freeman, who has taken to turning up outside schools to urge children not to get the Covid jab, even crying and hugging them as part of his campaign, which saw him banned from Facebook and Instagram.
The amateur rapper has also written a song called ‘Don’t Tek the Vaccine’, a phrase he yelled at Sir Keir and David Lammy in Westminster last night.
Another of the protesters identified is Will Coleshill, who is editor of the ‘Resistance GB’ group of largely left-wing agitators.
He can be heard yelling at the Labour leader: ‘You are the leader of the opposition – why aren’t you standing up for our constitution? For the working classes of this country. What about the working people of this country? Aren’t you meant to be the opposition?’
The anti-lockdown champion has previously chased Michael Gove and BBC reporter Nick Watt through the streets of Westminster.
The man who accused Sir Keir of protecting Jimmy Savile is yet to be identified.
The protesters have been identified after Boris Johnson was warned by Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle that ‘words have consequences’ as the PM defied calls to withdraw his Jimmy Savile ‘slur’ at Sir Keir.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle issued a rebuke in the chamber over words that ‘inflame opinions’, with the PM refusing to apologise.
But the BBC was today accused of falsely blaming Boris Johnson for the protesters’ decision to target Sir Keir.
Viewers slammed the corporation’s ‘ridiculous’ and ‘hysterical’ coverage of the ugly incident, claiming they have incorrectly blamed it on the Prime Minister’s criticism of Sir Keir Starmer’s failure to put Jimmy Savile in the dock – and allowed false comparisons to Donald Trump egging on the Capitol Hill riots.
These are the protestors identified so far:
Burridge is a dread-locked acolyte of Piers Corbyn, who has also been involved in shutting down vaccine centres.
He has recently been charged after attempting to shut down a vaccination centre at Guy’s hospital last month.
He is a member of the Stop New Normal group, which says the vaccines were approved based on fraudulent trials and are deadly.
The group also offers free legal advice for anyone arrested while on anti-lockdown or anti-vaccine protests.
Edward ‘Remeece’ Freeman
A well known protester who has been filmed confronting people wearing masks on the London Underground, Edward ‘Remeece’ Freeman goes around schools and vax centres singing a song he wrote called: ‘Dont Tek the Vaccine’.
He has been banned from Instagram and Facebook after urging children not to take the vaccine.
He told Twitter followers that there is a conspiracy to shut him down – ‘but they can’t censor me on the streets’.
He claims that ‘children love me’ because of his anti-vaccine stance, and that he has 2,000 students who regularly contact him.
Freeman (right) can be heard yelling the same phrase while stood next to Sir Keir and David Lammy.
Free Assange campaigner William Coleshill can be seen in yesterday’s footage approaching the politician and shouting ‘why did you go after a journalist Mr Starmer’
He is editor of the Resistance GB movement, which claims to ‘cover news which the mainstream won’t show you’
A protester seen shouting at Sir Keir Starmer is the head of a YouTube anti-lockdown ‘news’ site and has previously mobbed Tory minister Michael Gove.
He is editor in chief of the Resistance UK group who claim to be ‘defending natural rights and civil liberties against police abuses and state criminality’.
Coleshill, a former Tory Bush Hill Park councillor, can be seen in yesterday’s footage approaching the politician and shouting ‘why did you go after a journalist Mr Starmer’ and ‘Why did you go after Julian Assange’.
Coleshill, while with Resistance GB, has previously targeted other politicians such as Michael Gove.
Coleshill shoved a camera in his face and demanded: ‘How do you justify the illegal lockdowns that have been pushed on this country?’. He also reportedly followed BBC editor Nick Watt down the street on a previous occasion.
In another video, posted on the Resistance GB Facebook page, he was once said: ‘All men carry knives’. He also said: ‘Having arms is the ultimate check on government because people should not fear their governments, governments should fear their people.’
Jeremy Corbyn’s older brother Piers has spent the pandemic urging people to ‘resist’ the vaccine and any lockdown rules.
He addressed the protesters who would later mob Sir Keir Starmer outside New Scotland Yard last night.
As well as decrying masks, he and his crew have been shutting covid testing and vaccination centres.
They stormed one in Milton Keynes in December, to cries of ‘You murdering b****rds’ and ‘The wind is changing’ are heard as the crowd marches into the site, and one of the demonstrators appears to pick up testing equipment before carrying it out of one of the site’s tents. In January they did the same at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital in London.
Last month he was told he will face trial in May charged with breaching Covid rules during a series of anti-lockdown protests in central London.
The 74-year-old appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court charged with five counts of holding a gathering and five counts of participating in a gathering of more people than restrictions allowed at the time, all around Westminster.
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A fresh faced Keir Starmer when he was appointed DPP in 2008. An inquiry would later clear him of any involvement in the failure to prosecute Jimmy Savile
But the Labour leader has said Mr Johnson is ‘debasing himself by going so low’ by repeating ‘a ridiculous slur peddled by right wing trolls’.
In 2012 a QC-led inquiry exonerated Sir Keir, finding he was not involved in the decision not to put Savile in the dock two years before he died, blaming it on hapless starstruck police officers and an incurious local prosecutor.
During Sir Keir’s tenure as director of public prosecutions from 2008 to 2013, detectives had sought advice from the CPS on four allegations that Savile had sexually assaulted girls and young women in the 1970s.
In October 2009, the CPS reviewing lawyer with responsibility for the cases advised that since none of the complainants was ‘prepared to support any police action’, no prosecutions could be brought.
Savile, who abused 500 women and children, died in 2011 without facing justice.
In 2012, after it became clear the Top of the Pops host had attacked and abused hundreds of children and women in hospitals, schools and while filming his BBC shows, an inquiry was carried out by Alison Levitt QC, on Mr Starmer’s own orders.
In 2013 her report found that the decision was made by police and prosecutors locally, not Sir Keir, who was unaware of it. The CPS would also say there was ‘no reference to any involvement from the DPP in the decision-making within a report examining the case.’
Alison Levitt QC found that police treated the victims and the accounts they gave ‘with a degree of caution which was neither justified nor required’.
Savile also made veiled threats against officers if sexual abuse allegations against him did not ‘disappear’.
Detectives looking at allegations advised the CPS not to prosecute Savile, believing his explanation that it was all made up and the price of being famous.
Ms Levitt was also critical of the approach taken by the CPS’ reviewing lawyer, but did not suggest that Mr Starmer was personally involved in the decisions made.
The lawyer was also criticised for failing to properly build a case with the police or spot inconsistencies in their reports after interviewing Savile under caution and four of his victims.
As head of the CPS, Sir Keir later apologised, admitting the failure to prosecute Savile was a ‘watershed moment’ for the organisation. But avoided any admonishment in Ms Levitt’s report.
He said: ‘I would like to take the opportunity to apologise for the shortcomings in the part played by the CPS in these cases.
‘These were errors of judgement by experienced and committed police officers and a prosecuting lawyer acting in good faith and attempting to apply the correct principles. That makes the findings of Ms Levitt’s report more profound and calls for a more robust response.’
Lawyer turned Labour leader Sir Keir then left in 2013 to pursue a career in politics.
Sir Lindsay told MPs today that the Metropolitan Police have been ordered to provide a report on how the situation was allowed to spiral.
It is understood there are questions over why Sir Keir was escorted through the mob rather than taken to safety, and why he had not been driven from inside the secure estate.
There are also wider concerns about the lack of control on protests immediately outside the democratic hub. ‘Something will go wrong,’ one source warned. ‘Yesterday was proof of that.’
Sir Lindsay held talks with Mr Johnson’s new chief of staff Steve Barclay last night, urging No10 to help ‘change Parliament’ and use ‘temperate language’.
The Speaker made clear today that the PM did not say anything disorderly. ‘Regardless of yesterday’s incident, I made it clear last week that while the Prime Minister’s words were not disorderly they were inappropriate,’ he said.
‘As I said then, these sorts of comments only inflame opinions and generate disregard for the House and it is not acceptable.
‘Our words have consequences and we should always be mindful of the fact.’
Sir Lindsay said: ‘While I do not comment in detail on security matters on the floor of the chamber, steps must be in place to keep passholders secure as they enter and leave the parliamentary estate.
‘I have requested a situation report from the Metropolitan Police via our security team on how this incident occurred.’
The events have renewed the storm over Mr Johnson’s swipe in the House of Commons last week that Sir Keir failed to prosecute paedophile Savile when he was the Director of Public Prosecutions – even though he had played no role in the case and the decision not to bring charges.
Former Cabinet minister Julian Smith was among senior Tories saying the the premier must withdraw the Savile slur for the sake of Sir Keir’s security. Another senior MP, Steve Brine, said an apology is ‘inevitable’.
Veteran Tory Sir Roger Gale said he feared the targeting of Sir Keir was the ‘direct result’ of Mr Johnson’s ‘deliberately careless’ use of language in the Commons, whilst former minister Tobias Ellwood called on the PM to ‘apologise please’. Both Sir Roger and Mr Ellwood revealed last week they had submitted letters of no confidence in the PM.
Lord Walney – a former Labour MP and now the PM’s adviser on political violence – said: ‘The footage of Sir Keir Starmer being hounded tonight is disturbing, as is the way some of his pursuers picked up on the Jimmy Savile slur.
‘This is surely a moment for the PM and all those who have defended those words to reflect and withdraw.’
However, Downing Street dismissed calls for an apology or retraction. ‘The Prime Minister clarified his remarks last week to make clear he was not suggesting Keir Starmer was individually responsible for the Savile decision,’ the PM’s spokesman said.
He added: ‘I think the Prime Minister was making a political point about taking responsibility for organisations as a whole.’
Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis insisted Mr Johnson’s comments should not be used as an ‘excuse’ for abusive protests.
He told ITV that Mr Johnson made a ‘fair and reasonable point’ that ‘somebody at the top of an organisation has responsibility for what happens in it’, in relation to Sir Keir’s former role as director of public prosecutions.
‘That’s no excuse for people to behave the way they did last night and we shouldn’t give them that excuse either,’ he added.
Labour MP Chris Bryant said the targeting of Sir Keir showed that ‘political poison has an effect’ and added that the PM has ‘no moral compass’. Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon called on the PM to ‘apologise unreservedly’.
Brendan Cox, the widow of Labour MP Jo Cox – who was murdered in 2016 – said the intimidation of Sir Keir was ‘absolutely vile’ and said politicians have a ‘responsibility’ not to encourage what he called ‘thuggery’ with ‘lazy lies’.
Sir Keir was walking near Parliament with shadow foreign secretary David Lammy, who appeared to help police shield his boss from the protesters.
Nick Robinson’s questioning of Tory minister Chris Phil on the Today programme was also criticised today
The BBC’s coverage has been criticised by viewers who say Boris is being falsely compared to Trump
Mr Lammy said on Twitter after the ordeal: ‘No surprise the conspiracy theorist thugs who harassed @Keir_Starmer & I repeated slurs we heard from @BorisJohnson last week at the despatch box. Intimidation, harassment and lies have no place in our democracy. And they won’t ever stop me doing my job.’
Boris refuses to say sorry for Savile ‘slur’ after hate mob targets Starmer
Boris Johnson is today defying calls from Tories and his own adviser on political violence to withdraw his Jimmy Savile ‘slur’ at Keir Starmer – after the Labour leader was mobbed by protesters near Parliament.
The PM is refusing to apologise following the dramatic scenes of Sir Keir being surrounded and abused at as he walked in Westminster after leaving New Scotland Yard shortly before 5pm.
Police shielded him and led him to a marked car as the protesters continued to swarm around him, some shouting about Savile, hurling baseless allegations about him ‘protecting paedophiles’ and also branding him a ‘traitor’.
The protesters, who included anti-vaccine activist Piers Corbyn, had descended on London yesterday in support of Canada’s ‘Freedom Convoy’ of truck drivers in Ottawa. Scotland Yard later said two arrests were made after Sir Keir was escorted to safety.
MailOnline understands the Parliamentary authorities are now urgently looking into how the situation was allowed to spiral – with questions over why Sir Keir was escorted through the mob rather than taken to safety, and why he had not been driven from inside the secure estate.
There are also wider concerns about the lack of control on protests immediately outside the democratic hub. ‘Something will go wrong,’ one source warned. ‘Yesterday was proof of that.’
Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle held talks with Mr Johnson’s new chief of staff Steve Barclay last night, urging No10 to help ‘change Parliament’ and use ‘temperate language’. But officials insist the Speaker cannot take any action because the PM did not say anything disorderly.
Although Mr Johnson branded the targeting of Sir Keir ‘absolutely disgraceful’ and said the harassment of politicians is ‘completely unacceptable’, he did not address the nature of the abuse directed at his counterpart.
Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage said on his GB News show that the clashes represented ‘a side of politics that seems to get uglier by the month’.
In broadcast interviews this morning, technology minister Chris Philp made clear that Mr Johnson would not go further than his limited ‘clarification’ that Sir Keir was not personally involved in the Savile case.
‘The first comments in the House on the previous Monday were capable of being misconstrued and that is why it is important and right that a couple of days later that Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, did clarify that he was not suggesting at any time that Keir Starmer had personal responsibility for the case. But he obviously did have responsibility for the conduct of the CPS (Crown Prosecution Service),’ Mr Philp said.
‘I don’t think there is any way you can reasonably suggest that the comments on Keir Starmer’s overall responsibility for the CPS in any way provoked the very unseemly and totally unacceptable harassment we saw last night.’
However, the BBC came under fire for its coverage of the incident, with some critics claiming it had wrongly blamed Mr Johnson for inciting the mob.
On BBC Breakfast this morning political correspondent Chris Mason said the incident had meant the ‘row is burning again’. He said there was now more pressure on the PM to ‘say sorry or withdraw his original false allegation’.
He added: ‘It all falls into the pot marked ‘Boris Johnson’s future’. That is a bubbling pot and has been for some time and will continue to be as a result of what happened last night’.
Nick Robinson’s questioning of Tory minister Chris Phil on the Today programme was also criticised. The broadcaster later tweeted a clip from the show and said: ‘What first attracted a Prime Minister fighting to save his political skin to the idea of linking his opponent to a serial paedophile? A question I asked today’s minister for defending Boris Johnson’.
Tory MP Michael Fabricant told MailOnline that while the abuse Sir Keir suffered was ‘unacceptable’ – he claimed the BBC had zeroed in on ‘one person’ yelling about Jimmy Savile when the vast majority were angry about his leadership of the Labour party and the Government’s handling of the pandemic.
Dramatic footage showed the Labour leader being shouted at as he walked in Westminster after leaving New Scotland Yard while surrounded by police officers shortly before 5pm
Boris Johnson (left this morning) is refusing to apologise following the dramatic scenes of Keir Starmer (right) being surrounded and abused at as he walked in Westminster after leaving New Scotland Yard shortly before 5pm
He said: ‘I think the BBC has to ask itself some serious questions about its standard of reporting regarding the Keir Starmer incident yesterday. Clear evidence emerging shows that he walked into an anti-vaccination demonstration calling for the overthrow over the government and the release of Julian Assange.
‘One person referred to Jimmy Savile. This was not why he was bundled into a police car for his protection. It is the obligation of the BBC to report the facts, not what is politically convenient for some of their journalists.’
One viewer who watched the BBC’s coverage this morning said on social media : ‘These were Corbyn supporters, a rentamob. Truth is that our media, especially the BBC, have carried out a vendetta against Boris and made everyone angry. Same as happened in the States to Trump and just as dishonest’.
Another said: ‘BBC again this morning, blaming a Piers Corbyn protest on Boris. It’s ridiculous’. While one angry Radio 4 listener said: ‘The BBC doesn’t really care if the ‘mob’ was right-wing, left-wing or no wing at all. Just as long as they can use it as another brickbat to throw at the hated Boris Johnson – and bait their largely anti-Boris, anti-Brexit listeners’.
Responding to the criticism a BBC spokesman said: ‘The BBC has reported on all aspects of this story – including the reaction of Boris Johnson to the treatment of Sir Keir Starmer by protesters, and criticism from some Conservative MPs and others linking what happened to remarks made by the Prime Minister in the House of Commons’.
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