Surprise! Mob hurling abuse at Dominic Cummings outside his family home in London were Remainers

They descended on a family home in a quiet, tree-lined street, a mob of placard-wielding protesters spewing foul messages of hate.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that in addition to a shared desire to ‘hold Dominic Cummings to account’, those hurling abuse outside his London house appeared united by another cause: antipathy towards Brexit.

Among them were former BBC journalist Lara Pawson, TV producer Samuel Jones and freelance Guardian photographer Jill Mead.

Ms Pawson, an author who worked for the BBC World Service for more than a decade, brandished a sign which read ‘Cummings, you are full of s***’. She has since defended her actions by claiming: ‘I wasn’t threatening: I was holding a piece of cardboard.’

But Ms Pawson, a staunch Labour supporter and anti-Brexiteer, has also admitted shouting ‘you shameless bastard’ as Mr Cummings, the architect of the Vote Leave campaign to take Britain out of the EU, returned home last week. In the past she has tweeted crude jokes about Brexit.

‘PROUD TO PROTEST’: Remainer Samuel Jones with his placard

Targeting Mr Cummings at home rather than outside Downing Street, where he works, has caused unease across the political divide.

Phillip Blond, the political philosopher and think-tank director, condemned the ‘mob behaviour’ as ‘deeply repulsive’, adding: ‘Those who took part in this “street justice” have departed from all standards of common decency. It is vile.’

And Professor Karol Sikora, a former World Health Organisation adviser, said footage of the abuse left him ‘extremely uncomfortable’.

He added: ‘He has a young child who must be stressed. I understand people are angry, but this level of abuse is unacceptable near someone’s family home. This is appalling… truly horrid.’

But the behaviour was endorsed by Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, Mr Cummings’s local MP, who bragged that her constituents could be ‘relied on to say it as it is’.

Her comments caused a backlash on Twitter, with one woman posting: ‘Lovely, condoning “lynch mobs” especially when there is a child in the house. Other children living nearby seeing this barbaric behaviour. What are we teaching them?’

‘I’VE NO RESPECT FOR HIM’: Ms Pawson and her crude sign

‘I’VE NO RESPECT FOR HIM’: Ms Pawson and her crude sign

Beside Ms Pawson stood Samuel Jones, another Remainer, who held a sign saying ‘Demonic Scummings must go’. After Guardian columnist Marina Hyde condemned the ‘disturbing’ scenes, Mr Jones wrote to the newspaper, saying: ‘Please don’t allow Mr Cummings to weaponise this legitimate protest by evoking images of misbehaving protesters. We, as with the lockdown, obeyed the rules.’

Mr Jones, who has worked on programmes for the BBC, Channel 4 and Sky, said he was ‘proud’ of his role in the protest, but admitted: ‘I was conflicted about whether it was the right thing to hold my protest outside Cummings’s home – it’s not my usual style – but there are good reasons… to take this out of the usual more official channels, because Cummings has consistently demonstrated he has no respect for conventional channels and is accountable to no one.’

In a statement to The Mail on Sunday, Ms Pawson called Mr Cummings a ‘liar’ and a ‘dangerous man’. She said: ‘He seeks to undermine our democratic institutions. He shows no respect for the men and women working day and night at our hospitals to save lives – professional people who have repeatedly asked all of us to stay home. I have no respect for him at all.’

Scotland Yard said it offered Mr Cummings security advice and provided ‘an appropriate policing plan’.

Royal Opera House composer brags of shameful taunt

It is hardly the sort of behaviour expected from someone with the grandiose title ‘composer-in-residence’ with the Royal Opera House.

In a picture that will shock the genteel world he inhabits, Oliver Leith, 29, one of the brightest stars in classical music, taunts Dominic Cummings with a vulgar gesture outside his home.

Something that he instantly regretted perhaps? Not a bit of it. Mr Leith gleefully shared the image with his Twitter followers and received 86,000 likes, with many congratulating him.

As the adviser ran a gauntlet of abuse on his way home last Sunday evening, Mr Leith smiled for the camera while holding his two middle fingers up.

In a picture that will shock the genteel world he inhabits, Oliver Leith, 29, one of the brightest stars in classical music, taunts Dominic Cummings with a vulgar gesture outside his home

In a picture that will shock the genteel world he inhabits, Oliver Leith, 29, one of the brightest stars in classical music, taunts Dominic Cummings with a vulgar gesture outside his home

Not all his followers thought him clever. One said it was an example of ‘how juvenile and spiteful the metropolitan Left really are’.

Mr Leith has been described as ‘one of the most distinctively expressive voices’ in his field. His music has been performed across the world and in September he was named doctoral composer-in-residence by the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in association with the Royal Opera House. The three-year post will end in a ‘major work’ composed by Mr Leith being performed at the Covent Garden venue.

Last night Mr Leith did not respond to a request for comment.

The Royal Opera House said: ‘The contents of this tweet are in no way endorsed by the Royal Opera House. The individual is not an employee of Royal Opera House and does not receive any funding from us.’

SOUR NOTE: Oliver Leith winning a composer award in 2016 at the British Composer Awards

SOUR NOTE: Oliver Leith winning a composer award in 2016 at the British Composer Awards



Black Lives Matter protesters take to the streets of London

Black Lives Matter protesters took to the streets of London today and promised more demonstrations across the UK tomorrow after the death of George Floyd in America.  

Protests over Floyd’s death, who suffocated when a Minneapolis police officer pinned him down with a knee on his neck, spilled into violence in 30 US cities last night, with widespread looting and arson seen in Floyd’s hometown and nearby St.Paul.  

Buses and cars travelling along Rye Lane in Peckham were forced to a standstill this afternoon when hundreds of Black Lives Matter protesters furious at the slaying of Floyd descended on the main road. 

Today’s protests were a precursor to a series of demonstrations planned for the next week across Britain by the BLM movement. 

As well as London, protests have been lined up for Birmingham, Manchester, Cardiff and Glasgow. 

Videos posted on social media show groups shouting ‘no justice, no peace’ as they marched. 

Handout photo courtesy of Liam [email protected], of people walking along Rye Lane, Peckham in south London during a Black Lives Matter protest, after the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, in the US which has seen a police officer charged with third-degree murder

Handout photo of people walking along Rye Lane, Peckham in south London during a Black Lives Matter protest

Handout photo of people walking along Rye Lane, Peckham in south London during a Black Lives Matter protest

Handout photo of people walking along Rye Lane, Peckham in south London during a Black Lives Matter protest, after the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, in the US which has seen a police officer charged with third-degree murder

Handout photo of people walking along Rye Lane, Peckham in south London during a Black Lives Matter protest, after the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis this week, in the US which has seen a police officer charged with third-degree murder

In another, the demonstrators shout: ‘The UK is not innocent’. 

Some of those attending were seen carrying placards reading ‘BLM [Black Lives Matter]’ and ‘solidarity’, while others appeared to call for riots, like those seen in America over the past few days.  

‘RIOT is the language of the unheard’, one placard read.   

Footage of another protest in North London shows demonstrators carrying a banner reading ‘abolish the police’.   

Most of those attending in both protests were not adhering to social distancing guidelines and many were seen without face masks.

Tomorrow, the group will descend on Trafalgar Square in central London where demonstrators will kneel.  

‘We are doing this to place pressure on the American government and show that this is a world wide issue,’ a banner from the event reads.   

Another is booked for next week in front of the US embassy to ‘bring justice for the multiple black people who have been killed and harmed by the police’.

All of the banners remind attendants to wear face masks and maintain social distancing due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.   

Today's protests in Peckham and North London were a precursor to a series of demonstrations planned for the next week across Britain by the BLM movement

Today’s protests in Peckham and North London were a precursor to a series of demonstrations planned for the next week across Britain by the BLM movement

People can be seen marching on a protest against the death of George Floyd in North London today

People can be seen marching on a protest against the death of George Floyd in North London today 

People hold a banner saying 'abolish the police' during a protest against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in North London today

People hold a banner saying ‘abolish the police’ during a protest against the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, in North London today

Floyd’s death in Minneapolis followed that of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old unarmed black man who was shot dead by two white men in Georgia earlier this month, and Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville cops in March.

The killings have reignited tensions between law enforcement and the black community in the US after a white Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was filmed kneeling on the 46-year-old’s neck until he passed out and later died. 

Last night, the chaos in Minneapolis was mirrored in cities across the nation on as National Guard units were called into Atlanta and put on standby in Washington DC, and two people were fatally shot in separate incidents in California and Detroit.  

In Oakland, California, two officers with the Federal Protective Service – a part of Homeland Security created to protect government facilities – were shot, one fatally, in confrontations with protesters. Police are investigating. 

Meanwhile, a 19-year-old protester was shot dead in Detroit last night when an unknown subject fired into the crowd.    

Pictured: A BLM flyer announcing protest dates in London against the killing of George Floyd

Pictured: A BLM flyer announcing protest dates in London against the killing of George Floyd

Pictured: A BLM flyer announcing protest dates in London against the killing of George Floyd

Pictured: A BLM flyer announcing protest dates in London against the killing of George Floyd

Pictured: BLM flyers announcing protest dates in London against the killing of George Floyd

In Washington DC, police and Secret Service agents were out in force around the White House before dozens of demonstrators gathered across the street in Lafayette Square chanting, ‘I can’t breathe,’ the words Floyd struggled to voice before he died.   

The angry crowd at the White House grappled with Secret Service agents and attempted to breach their line of barricades surrounding the executive residence. 

The crowd of hundreds chanted ‘No justice, no peace’ and ‘Say his name: George Floyd.’



Melanie Sykes, 49, looks casually chic in an ‘I love social distancing’ slogan T-shirt

Melanie Sykes, 49, looks casually chic in an ‘I love social distancing’ slogan T-shirt and white denim jeans as she departs BBC studios

She’s been keeping fans up to date with her daily routine on social media amid the coronavirus crisis.

And Melanie Sykes decided to make quite the fashion statement on Saturday when she stepped out in an I Love Social Distancing t-shirt after a day of work at the BBC studios in London.

The TV presenter, 49, looked casually chic for her outing as she paired the pink slogan shirt with a pair of white denim jeans.

Making a statement: Melanie Sykes, 49, looked casually chic in an ‘I love social distancing’ slogan T-shirt and white denim jeans as she departed BBC studios in London on Saturday

Melanie wrapped a denim jacket around her waist, and completed her ensemble by stepping out in black wedge sandals.

Her cropped brunette locks were styled into a sleek bob, and she shielded her eyes from the brilliant sunshine by wearing chic black shades. 

Melanie kept her personal items in a stylish black purse, while she also carried a second handbag for her shopping essentials.

Stunning: Melanie's cropped brunette locks were styled into a sleek bob, and she shielded her eyes from the brilliant sunshine by wearing chic black shades

Stunning: Melanie’s cropped brunette locks were styled into a sleek bob, and she shielded her eyes from the brilliant sunshine by wearing chic black shades

Finishing touches: Melanie wrapped a denim jacket around her waist, and completed her ensemble by stepping out in black wedge sandals

Finishing touches: Melanie wrapped a denim jacket around her waist, and completed her ensemble by stepping out in black wedge sandals

Melanie has been keeping up her fitness routine amid the UK’s lockdown, with a mixture of weight training, bootcamp sessions and Pilates.  

She is well-known for her avid love of fitness and often litters her Instagram feed with scantily-clad workout snaps.

Earlier this month she thrilled once again as she Melanie showed off her taut abs in a full Nike ensemble with a plunging white sports bra and figure-hugging navy and red leggings. 

Hot stuff: Melanie is well-known for her avid love of fitness and often litters her Instagram feed with scantily-clad workout snaps

Hot stuff: Melanie is well-known for her avid love of fitness and often litters her Instagram feed with scantily-clad workout snaps

She posted the inspiring picture alongside the caption: ‘Hello gang. Giving it Nike vibes this Monday morning right down to my little trainer socks.

‘Start the week strong you beauties, however that looks or is for you.’

The brunette beauty revealed she’d just done a workout where she focused on her glutes, arms and core.

At the beginning of the month Melanie celebrated three-years of sobriety after admitting her life has improved dramatically as a direct consequence of being alcohol free.

The presenter, who found fame in a series of light-hearted ads for Boddingtons Brewery, kicked off her weekend by celebrating the milestone with her Instagram followers.

Taking to the social media platform, she revealed the date was also significant because it marked the two-year anniversary of a life-changing trip to India with her close friend, Adam Phillips.

Feeling great: At the beginning of the month Melanie celebrated three-years of sobriety after admitting her life has improved dramatically as a direct consequence of being alcohol free

Feeling great: At the beginning of the month Melanie celebrated three-years of sobriety after admitting her life has improved dramatically as a direct consequence of being alcohol free

Sharing a fresh-faced selfie with her 240,000 followers, she wrote: ‘Yo yo yo good morning lovelies hope you are all well.

‘I gave up alcohol completely 3 years ago today whoop whoop and today also marks the 2 year anniversary of my life changing holiday to India with @adamskionline (how amazing was that trip babes?).

‘Anyway blah di blah I’m doing a little dance and you can’t stop me! have a good and positive day y’all. ps and for those asking, no I don’t miss it because it’s toxic bulls**t!’

Hangover free: The presenter, who found fame in a series of light-hearted ads for Boddingtons Brewery, kicked off her weekend by celebrating the milestone with her Instagram followers

Hangover free: The presenter, who found fame in a series of light-hearted ads for Boddingtons Brewery, kicked off her weekend by celebrating the milestone with her Instagram followers



Bianca Gascoigne works up a sweat with Katie Price’s ex Kris Boyson in couples’ boxing session

Bianca Gascoigne works up a sweat with Katie Price’s ex Kris Boyson as they enjoy a couples’ boxing session at the park in South London

They officially confirmed their romance last month.

And Bianca Gascoigne was working up a sweat with her boyfriend Kris Boyson, 31, on Saturday as they took part in a couples workout at the park in South London.

The model, 33, showcased her toned abs in a pink crop as she enjoyed a boxing session in the sunshine with her shirtless beau.

In shape: Bianca Gascoigne, 33, was working up a sweat with her boyfriend Kris Boyson, 31, on Saturday as they took part in a couples workout at the park in South London

Bianca proudly showed off her eye-popping curves in a pink top and matching black leggings as she punched at Kris’ gloves.

Kris opted to go shirtless in the midst of the warm weather as he taught his girlfriend some of the boxing moves.

The couple certainly seemed to be enjoying their workout as they showed off their sporty skills together.

Toned: The model showcased her toned abs in a pink crop as she enjoyed a boxing session in the sunshine with her shirtless beau

Toned: The model showcased her toned abs in a pink crop as she enjoyed a boxing session in the sunshine with her shirtless beau

It comes after Kris’ ex Katie Price discussed their romance earlier this month and admitted she’s ‘gutted’ at how she treated the hunk.

The glamour model, 42, and personal trainer went their separate ways in December 2019 following an on-off romance and he has now struck up a new romance with Bianca, after they were seen kissing while Katie was in rehab.

In an Instagram story, Katie was asked: ‘How do you feel about seeing Kris kissing Bianca when you were in the Priory?’ before she spoke in an impassioned tone about her heartache. 

Clearly hurt, Katie responded: ‘All I’m going to say is I thought I was going to marry Kris… I feel really gutted what I did to Kris when I was with him, I had my reasons. And if I could turn back the clock, I would never have done what I did to him. 

‘I was suffering so bad when I was in the Priory and he’s now found happiness with someone else, so all I can wish is him and her happiness, I want them to keep safe.

Romantic: Bianca proudly showed off her eye-popping curves in a pink top and matching black leggings as she punched at Kris' gloves

Romantic: Bianca proudly showed off her eye-popping curves in a pink top and matching black leggings as she punched at Kris’ gloves

Again speaking about her heartache, Katie recently said splitting from her ex Kris is one of the ‘biggest regrets of my life’ in a teaser clip of her reality show, My Crazy Life, from a special which aired earlier this month.

Katie, who admitted to cheating on personal trainer Kris, with builder Charles Drury and Alex Adderson in their relationship, said: ‘I’m still not over Kris and it’s getting me down. Even the new track is reminding me that I’m single. 

‘It is heartbreaking. I’ve been with him for a while. Me and him kept going around and around in circles. It got to the point where we were both jealous and it just got a bit argumentative. So that’s it. It’s done. 

‘I’ve hurt Kris, I cheated on the guy. I feel disgusting for doing it. I just wish I could just click my finger and make him forget everything that I’ve done. It’s probably too late. He will be one of the biggest regrets of my life’.  

Regret: The couple's workout comes after Kris' ex Katie Price discussed their romance earlier this month and admitted she's 'gutted' at how she treated the hunk

Regret: The couple’s workout comes after Kris’ ex Katie Price discussed their romance earlier this month and admitted she’s ‘gutted’ at how she treated the hunk 



Jeremy Corbyn’s activist brother Piers is arrested yet AGAIN

Jeremy Corbyn’s activist brother Piers is arrested yet AGAIN as anti-lockdown protesters stage rally at Hyde Park

  • Piers Corbyn was arrested this afternoon after taking part in protests
  • It is the second time Mr Corbyn, 73, has been arrested at Hyde Park in a fortnight
  • He was pictured being surrounded by officers as he spoke from megaphone 
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Conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn was today arrested again at London‘s Hyde Park while attending a demonstration against the coronavirus lockdown.

The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was photographed this afternoon being taken away by two police officers who were wearing face masks.

It is the second time 73-year-old Piers Corbyn has been arrested at Hyde Park in a fortnight, after police detained him at a similar protest on May 16. 

Police officers arrest conspiracy theorist Piers Corbyn during a demonstration against the coronavirus lockdown this afternoon at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, London

The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was photographed being arrested this afternoon

The brother of former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was photographed being arrested this afternoon

At the first protest, he had used a megaphone to say ‘vaccination is not necessary’ and ‘5G towers will be installed everywhere’, adding: ‘5G enhances anyone who’s got illness from Covid, so they work together.’

There is no evidence to link 5G and Covid-19 and scientists fear that a rise in measles among children can be attributed in part to unfounded fears about vaccines.

At Saturday’s protest, Mr Corbyn again spoke through a megaphone as he was pictured being surrounded by police officers.  

Others held banners saying ‘lockdown cure worse than virus’ and calling Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock ‘lockdown bedwetters’.

Protests against the lockdown have been organised by the UK Freedom Movement the likes of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Nottingham, Plymouth, Southampton and Cardiff.

Piers Corbyn had earlier been taking through a loudspeaker before being taken away today

Piers Corbyn had earlier been taking through a loudspeaker before being taken away today

Police officers surround Piers Corbyn as he speaks through a loudspeaker at Hyde Park today

Police officers surround Piers Corbyn as he speaks through a loudspeaker at Hyde Park today

Mr Corbyn had tweeted to his 29,000 followers yesterday that the lockdown was ‘killing more than it’s saving’, adding that it was causing the ‘Nazification of the NHS’. 

The protest against the lockdown was separate to the Extinction Rebellion climate change demonstration also taking place one mile away today at Parliament Square.

The XR demonstration saw several environmental activists arrested during protest demanding the Government take action to tackle climate change.

Referring to both incidents, a Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police are on scene at two locations in Westminster after a number of demonstrators gathered.

Piers Corbyn is taken away by police at Hyde Park during a previous protest on May 16

Piers Corbyn is taken away by police at Hyde Park during a previous protest on May 16

Others held banners saying 'lockdown cure worse than virus' and calling Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock 'lockdown bedwetters'

Others held banners saying ‘lockdown cure worse than virus’ and calling Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock ‘lockdown bedwetters’

‘A small number arrests have been made at each site for breach of Covid-19 regulations and some fixed penalty notices issued.

‘Officers are engaging with those present and encouraging them to go home. The majority of individuals have dispersed.’

The police force said it could not give precise numbers of those arrested, and no charges have yet been made. 

XR activists wearing face masks and brandishing signs reading ‘fumes or fresh air’ also gathered at the Woolwich Centre to demand action from Greenwich Council. 

Protesters were out in force despite the threat posed by coronavirus and social distancing rules still being in place

Protesters were out in force despite the threat posed by coronavirus and social distancing rules still being in place

Mr Corbyn was not the only person to be arrested at the protests

Mr Corbyn was not the only person to be arrested at the protests