A ‘yellow west’ organiser has been charged with harassment after Tory MP Anna Soubry was called a ‘Nazi’ outside Parliament.
James Goddard, 29 who was charged with assault last week, is also facing two public order offences against a police officer, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
Goddard is accused of two counts of harassment relating to incidents on 19 December and 7 January.
James Goddard has been charged with harassment (Picture: London News Pictures Ltd)A CPS spokesman said: ‘On 5 February, the CPS received a file of evidence from the Metropolitan Police relating to two incidents outside Parliament on 19 December and 7 January involving an MP.
Petition to make it a criminal offence for MPs to lie to the public‘Following a review of the evidence, the CPS has authorised the police to charge James Goddard, 29, with harassment. He is also charged with two public order offences against a police officer.’
The self-styled yellow vest activist posted a video on Facebook on Tuesday to thank his supporters after being warned he was likely to be remanded in custody when he answered police bail.
He said: ‘If they do remand me then we will just have to learn from it, go away, do it, come back even stronger.’
He will appear in court on 19 March (Picture: Reuters)Goddard was arrested by the Met Police on 12 January following claims that Ms Soubry was harassed in Westminster five days earlier.
Ms Soubry, a prominent supporter of a second EU referendum, was taunted during a television interview, and then harangued by a group of men as she made her way back to Parliament.
The incident led to beefed-up police patrols around Westminster and a debate over whether protests near the Houses of Parliament had crossed a line.
Footage was also posted online of Goddard shouting ‘you ain’t even f***ing British’ at a police officer.’
Anna Soubry was taunted outside Parliament (Picture: EPA)He will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 19 March.
Corbyn regrets that seven MPs no longer want to be part of LabourThe yellow vest group calls for a no-deal Brexit, and stages weekly protests outside Parliament and other British towns and cities on Saturdays.
Demonstrations have been held in Manchester, Newport and Sheffield, emulating the French movement that has seen violence between demonstrators and police.