If the allegations by Luisa Omielan are accurate – and I have no reason to believe they are not – then Theresa May should make a public apology for the behaviour of her MP Philip Davies, and he should be suspended or expelled.

It seems the Shame of Shipley not only physically assaulted Ms Omielan, he also apparently tried to steal a BBC video camera, and even allegedly tried to unlawfully imprison her in his office. These are all criminal offences.

Here’s Ms Omielan herself, talking about what happened immediately after her encounter with Mr Davies:

Phillip Davies

Posted by Luisa Omielan on Monday, 5 March 2018

She also tweeted about the incident:

If this was a filmed interview, then the evidence is in the camera Mr Davies tried to take, and Ms Omielan was right to keep it from him.

She should take it as evidence to the police and the Speaker of the House of Commons. This means she’ll have to make copies, and this would be a good idea in any case, as back-up should the originals be lost somehow.

Both the Daily Mirror and Skwawkbox have contacted Mr Davies for a comment. He reportedly told the Mirror, “I have no faith that the Daily Mirror will accurately report what I say.” And Skwawkbox has published his comment to that website, which was: “Only a hard left-wing blinkered idiot would believe anything at all they read on SKWAWKBOX.”

Perhaps he’ll change his tune when (if?) the filmed evidence enters the public domain.

Meanwhile, Owen Jones has called on people who are angered by the incident to support a crowdfunding campaign to unseat Mr Davies.

He tweeted:

Once again, if you want to help unseat Mr Davies, please visit the crowdfunding site and donate as much as you can.

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