Man who kicked MP Jess Phillips' office door fined

Roby claimed he was standing up for democracy

Thursday, October 10, 2019

A warehouse worker who kicked out at the door to Labour MP Jess Phillips’ constituency office has been ordered to pay a total of £207 in court.

Michael Roby was said to be “hyper” when he was arrested after shouting “Is this the fascist party offices?” and “Why are you blocking democracy?” last month.

The disturbance happened just a day after a heated Brexit debate in the House of Commons in which the Prime Minister was criticised for using “inflammatory” language that members said incited abuse.

Ms Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley MP, said at the time that the incident had left her "jumpy and worried" following unrelated death threats.

The court heard how the front door of the office was kicked with force, though no damage was caused.

During an interview, the 36-year-old defendant said he had been annoyed by Ms Phillips’ political views and became angry when her office door was shut.

The court was told Roby went to speak to Ms Phillips, feeling he had no assistance and support around him.

Leaving the court, Roby claimed his actions were in defence of democracy.

He referred to himself as working class, made reference to “the 51%” and shouted at reporters: “I have stood up for democracy. Look what happened to me. I got sent to court.”

Roby, who is from Birmingham, admitted the public order offence at the city’s magistrates’ court.

He was fined £40 and also ordered to pay £135 in court costs and a £32 victim surcharge.

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