Lee Anderson praised a “hero” who helped divert a “nuisance” at the Conservative Party conference this week.
The Conservative deputy chairman took to social media to post a picture of a man he named “Brave Bruce”, he said had helped eject an unwanted guest from a conference event.
Posting on X, formerly known as Twitter, the MP and GB News presenter shared a snap of himself with Bruce.
The two stood arm-in-arm with raised fists and beamed at the camera, with Mr Anderson seen sporting a glittering gold watch.
In a brief caption, he said Bruce – whose second name was not shared – was responsible for “physically ejecting” pro-EU activist Steve Bray from an event he interrupted earlier this week.
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Mr Bray, who has earned a reputation as a dedicated anti-Brexit campaigner on the streets of Westminster – where he yells slogans using a loudspeaker – entered an event organised by the Bruges Group of Conservative MPs on October 2.
He was heard shouting “where are your Brexit benefits?” before being physically accosted by a man – now identified as Bruce – who wrestled him out of the room.
Mr Anderson was due to speak at the fringe event but was not present and chose to celebrate Bruce in his post on X, where he tagged Mr Bray.
He said: “Bruce is the hero that stopped the UK’s biggest nuisance @snb19692 from running amok at a conference event yesterday.”
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“Without any thought of his own safety, Brave Bruce stopped what could have been a nasty incident by physically ejecting Bray from the building. Luckily no one was hurt. Thanks Bruce.”
While Bruce and Mr Anderson received widespread support online, several people called out the post.
Commenter Paul O’Connor said: “He’s a ‘have a go d***head’. Never use violence.”
Richard Gamlin added: “Bravery or vicarious thuggery?”
Stephanie Hayden said: “You are an elected Member of Parliament and really should know better than to condone such behaviour.
“Disagree with Mr Bray and his tactics by all means. Aggressive and violent behaviour has no place in our politics.”
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Others took issue with the decision to oust Mr Bray, referring to Mr Anderson’s frequent statements in defence of free speech.
And Dave Lawrence added: “Strange response for someone who continually screams free speech – you all immediately invoked cancel culture because the ‘speech’ was not to your liking.
“Seems instead of speaking for the silent majority you only want to listen to echo chambers.”
Helen Salmon added: “You’re all for challenge and free speech then. What have you got to fear from one man? Pathetic.”
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