An online activist who called Conservative MP Anna Soubry a Nazi in Westminster has said politicians deserve to be heckled – but said he took “great offence” at being labelled far-right.
In Facebook posts on Tuesday morning, James Goddard repeated his assertion, saying: “She’s called a Nazi because she’s acting like one.”
Mr Goddard added: “We must remember the Nazis were elected into power and then went against ordinary Germans! Pretty much echoing what’s going on this country!
“If the political class weren’t trying to thwart Brexit, then I wouldn’t have to approach these treacherous MPs.
“Has anyone noticed how they bang on about equal rights for women, yet when they’re approached they go into meltdown!”
But on Tuesday afternoon, as attention turned to Mr Goddard’s online history, he reported his Facebook and PayPal pages had been removed.
He wrote: “FB have silenced me & I now have journos outside my mums house, all for approaching a politician about her views! I rely on the support of REAL people to carry on doing what we’re doing, if you would like to support me the link is here.
“There’s a blatant double standard in this country and it stinks! Do you actually think you’re going to stop me! I take great offence at being called far right and fascist!”
Footage filmed by the protesters on Monday shows Ms Soubry attempting to enter the Houses of Parliament while surrounded by a group of around 10 men shouting and jostling.
Politicians from across the House of Commons of voiced their support for Ms Soubry in the face of “abuse” and “intimidation”.
In a Facebook video posted on Monday night, Mr Goddard said he would “conduct himself in a better manner” but added that “these politicians deserve to be heckled”.
He apologised to fellow pro-Brexit group Leave Means Leave in the video for calling them “pricks”.
Harry Todd, the national ground campaign co-ordinator for Leave Means Leave, said people were “legitimately intimidated” on Monday.
“They called us pricks because we did not want to take part in what they were doing,” he said.
Mr Goddard has been following in the footsteps of campaigner Tommy Robinson in recent months by using social media to stage political stunts and appeal for donations via PayPal.
He first hit the headlines in December after blocking traffic, including ambulances, on Westminster Bridge with a small group of protesters wearing high-vis jackets.
Shortly before Christmas he was involved in a protest at an appeal hearing for drink driver Jaynesh Chudasama who killed three teenage boys in early 2018. Chudasama had his 13-year prison term for causing their deaths by dangerous driving
Police attended the court after families of the victims and their supporters in the public gallery began chanting loudly as Sir Brian Leveson attempted to announce the decision.
Other stunts include arriving unannounced at the offices of Facebook, the Labour Party and radio station LBC and demanding to speak to officials, only to brand reception staff “traitors” when he was turned away for not having an appointment.
His group of yellow-vested protesters have been a regular feature around Westminster since early December, echoing similar protests in Paris.