Five people have been arrested for allegedly hitting former Tory leader Sir Ian Duncan Smith on the head with a traffic cone in Manchester.
Sir Ian said he was struck by an object after being chased by a group calling him “Tory scum” while on his way to Brexit talks outside a Conservative Party convention.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said three men and two women were arrested following reports of an attack on Portland Street at around 4 p.m.
Mr Duncan Smith told Granthshala: “I was going to a meeting outside the convention venue and these five idiots started chasing me, banging drums and shouting ‘Tory scum’ and accusing me of being responsible for killing people and destroying the environment etc. Accused of.”
The MP said: “I had almost reached the place I was on my way when one of them came running with a heavy traffic cone and hit me in the back of the head.
“It was quite shocking and I moved on but I didn’t get hurt badly – just a graze – but I was with my wife, which makes it more worrying. I turned and told them they were pathetic, but they were already postponing it.
Sir Ian also told the audience After the incident that he “was about to go up and punch them, I stepped forward and they all backed off – I almost knocked them out, lost my rag”.
The GMP said officers reached the spot within three minutes of receiving information about the attack.
“No serious injuries are reported, and after a short leg chase three men and two women have been arrested and detained for questioning in connection with this,” a police statement said. “
It came as a disability activist reprimanded Jacob Rees-Mogg near the convention center – accusing senior Tory of being “just another Eaton millionaire” who looks after people with disabilities.
Dominic Hutchins, who has cerebral palsy, challenged the Commons leader on the government’s record on disability rights outside a Tory conference on Monday afternoon.
“I’m sorry you think so, but I wish you the best of luck in your job search, I really do,” replied Mr. Rees-Mogg.
The cabinet minister shrugged off the abuse he had received from “socialists” – stating at the Tory convention that “one of the joys of political life is the left.”
Asked about Labor Deputy Leader Angela Renner’s reference to “Tory scum”, Mr Rees-Mogg said: “Why should we think about it?’
He continued: “Here we are all together – we are great people because we are infamous in the eyes of socialists, but we make it a success. As scum always does, we seem to be moving upwards.”
Mr Duncan Smith said he was not making any connection between Ms Rainer’s use of the word “scum” to describe Conservatives at her party’s convention in Brighton last week and the abuse she faced.
Backbencher said he did not know whether the person who attacked him was affiliated with any particular organisation, adding: “They were the same kind of people you see in any protest. These people are pathetic and do not understand what democracy is. ”
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