POLICE swooped in to form a ring of steel around Michael Gove today after he was swarmed by howling anti-vaxxers.
The high-profile Cabinet Minister was walking back from grabbing coffee in Westminster when he was targeted by a baying mob who rushed him.
A squad of cops – who routinely patrol the roads around Parliament – darted in to shield the top Tory from the protesters and escorted him along.
MPs’ safety has been ramped up the agenda in recent days following the murder of Conservative Sir David Amess.
Downing Street tonight condemned the “abhorrent” behaviour of anti-vaxxers who have been demonstrating in Westminster today.
Dramatic footage shows the Housing Secretary walking alone after going to his favourite cafe by his department near Milbank.
Yobs began screeching “arrest Michael Gove”, “we shall not be moved” and demanded he justify “illegal lockdowns”.
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Grim videos showed one of the louts gleefully saying they’d like to “string him from the gallows”.
A source close to Mr Gove told The Sun: “Michael’s fine now. He’s just grateful the police were on hand to help.”
Brendan Cox, widower of murdered MP Jo Cox, tweeted: “These aren’t ‘freedom protesters’ they are trying to intimidate him for likes on social media.
“They chant “do your job”, while stopping him from getting back to work. This isn’t protest it’s pathetic.”
Boris Johnson’s official spokesman said: “What is completely unacceptable is for those who disagree with our approach to try and target individuals, be they ministers or schools or parents and children.
“That sort of behaviour is abhorrent and will never be tolerated in a democratic society.”
MP SAFETY CONCERNS
Protesters often gather outside Parliament, and while mostly peaceful there have been ugly scenes of them screeching at MPs in recent years.
Journalist Nick Watt was also forced to flee into Downing St this summer after being harangued by anti-vaxxers.
Fresh demands for MPs to receive greater protection have reignited in the wake of Sir David’s fatal stabbing last Friday.
He was attacked while holding a constituency surgery in a church in Southend.
Scotland Yard tweeted: “We’re aware of a protest in Westminster today which is marching to a number of locations.
“During this protest, a group attempted to surround a Member of Parliament on Horseferry Road.
“Our officers were immediately on scene where they safely escorted him to a nearby building.”
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