Jacob Rees-Mogg thanks Met Police for protecting him and his son, 12, from anti-Brexit protesters

Jacob Rees-Mogg has thanked the Metropolitan police for escorting him and his 12-year-old son home from Parliament as anti-Brexit protesters surrounded them shouting 'shame on you', 'traitor' and 'Nazi'.The leader of the House of Commons, 50, and his son Peter Theodore Alphege were flanked by a sea of police officers as they faced the yelling crowds yesterday.The criticism was interspersed with shouts from pro-Brexit protesters such as 'keep fighting Jacob', 'no deal' and 'WTO'.Mr Rees-Mogg today thanked the 'dedicated officers' but apologised for taking up their time.He tweeted: 'Many thanks to the @metpoliceuk for their kindness in escorting me home with my son yesterday. We are lucky to be protected by such dedicated officers and I am sorry to have taken up their time.'Tory MPs including Andrea Leadsom and Michael Gove also endured 'frightening' abuse and were given a large police escort as they left the Commons.Video of the incident was posted to social media by Sky News political correspondent Lewis Goodall who described the incident as 'pretty grim'.In the footage, Mr Rees-Mogg and his son are followed for several minutes through the Inner London borough as anti-Brexit protesters shout loud abuse.It came after the Commons yesterday voted 322 to 306 in favour of an amendment postponing a decision on the Prime Minister's deal.The vote activates the Benn Act - a Remainer law that compels him to send a letter tonight asking Brussels for a delay. Afterwards Mr Rees-Mogg announced the government was planning to give MPs a fresh chance to have a 'meaningful vote' on the deal hammered out by Mr Johnson with Brussels on Monday.Liberal Democrats leader Jo Swinson said of the abuse directed at Jacob Rees-Mogg: 'This is not acceptable. Everyone has a right to their opinion.'In these charged times, it's even more important that we should disagree well with one another - never resort to intimidation or yelling abuse. Hope Jacob, and especially his young son, are OK.'    There were grim confrontations around the estate as MPs, including Mr Rees-Mogg, headed for home. Business Secretary Ms Leadsom alleged she received abuse from anti-Brexit protesters shortly after MPs voted to delay a vote on Boris Johnson's deal.Footage posted to social media showed both Mrs Leadsom and her Cabinet colleagues Jacob Rees-Mogg and Michael Gove being heckled by People's Vote demonstrators as they left the House of Parliament under police escort.Boos and shouts of 'shame on you' were directed at Mrs Leadsom as she walked down the street surrounded by officers.Similarly, demonstrators could be heard shouting 'shame' as Mr Rees-Mogg and his young son passed the protesters on London's Millbank, while police could be heard urging people to leave Mr Gove alone.Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered in London yesterday to call for a second vote on Brexit, as MPs approved an amendment which saw a vote on the Government's deal pushed back to next week.After the enc ...Read more

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