Mark Field breached ministerial code by grabbing protester. What is his punishment?

Abusive: Mark Field said he acted in the belief that a peaceful, female Greenpeace protester might be about to do violence. But – in this image – who is attacking whom?

How nice. We now have proof that Mark Field went too far when he did this:

Now: what punishment has he received?


Not good enough. He behaved atrociously and should be punished appropriately. Right?

A former Tory MP breached the ministerial code by using force against a climate protester at a black-tie City dinner, a government investigation has found.

Mark Field, who stood down from parliament after being suspended as a Foreign Office minister, grabbed a Greenpeace activist, Janet Barker, by the neck and forced her out of the event.

After reviewing footage of the incident and the comments of interviewees, the prime minister’s independent adviser on ministerial standards, Sir Alex Allan, found “that the actions Field took, and the force he used, were not consistent with the high standards of behaviour expected of ministers and with treating Barker with consideration and respect. As such it was a breach of the ministerial code.”

Source: Mark Field found to have breached code by grabbing protester | Politics | The Guardian

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3 thoughts on “Mark Field breached ministerial code by grabbing protester. What is his punishment?

  1. Robbo

    The report also says he had to make a split second decision and was right to intervene and could have waited upon others to escort her off the premises. As Field said at the time he was not to know if she was a terrorist or not but he has subsequently apologised. No police are not investigating and, as Field, is no longer an MP, what punishment could be imposed? Hopefully he has learned his lesson and the lady concerned is also a little wiser about where and when such demonstrations are best held.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      What an inappropriate comment.

      It was an offence of common assault. To claim that he was not to know if this peaceful protester was a terrorist is to claim imbecility for yourself.

      Police are not investigating because the victim of his assault agreed not to press charges. That is the only reason.

      You are right that, hopefully, he has learned his lesson and will never behave in so ungentlemanly a way again – either in public or in private.

      The lady may continue to demonstrate anywhere she feels to be appropriate, as far as I’m concerned.

  2. James

    “Mark Field breached ministerial code by grabbing protester. What is his punishment?” Don’t know about ministerial code – this is surely a blatant case of assault & battery! When’s the prosecution scheduled? Silly question, of course. He was a Tory minister…

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