'Go on an anger management course!': Greenpeace protester slams Foreign Office minister Mark Field after he is suspended for grabbing her during protest at City banquet - but she says WON'T press charges (14 Pics)

A protester forcefully grabbed around the neck by Tory MP Mark Field today demanded he attend anger management classes for his 'over the top' reaction.
Greenpeace activist Janet Barker, 38, was filmed being pushed against a wall and then marched out of a room by the Foreign Office minister at a black tie dinner last night.
Mrs Barker, who lives 'off grid' on a 12 acre farm in rural Wales with her husband Peter, was one of 40 members of the environmental group who stormed the annual Bankers and Merchants Dinner at Mansion House.
The serial protester, who also took part in the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations in April that brought London to a standstill, said she believes Mr Field has some 'serious anger' but is not going to press charges.
She said: 'He certainly manhandled me in a which was very disagreeable to myself and to most people.
'I'm not going to prosecute, I'm not going to go down that route because I just don't want it to end up in a mudslinging match - the reason we were there was for the planet, for our future, to try and curb C02 emissions.
'It's not because I've got a beef with this gentleman.'

She added: 'I'd quite like him to go on anger management, perhaps. I hope he doesn't do it again because there was some serious anger there.
'It was over the top. We were peaceful. 
'I was simply walking past his chair. 350 people were there and only one person reacted that way. 
Mrs Barker, originally from Wigan, runs a business knitting items from rabbit wool and also has a job as a support worker.
Her identity emerged as Prime Minister Theresa May made the decision to suspend Mr Field, Foreign Office minister for Asia and the Pacific, saying that she found last night's footage 'very concerning.'
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also threw his weight behind calls for an independent investigation into Mark Field after his deputy was suspended.

Today Mrs Barker told the BBC: 'I expected to maybe engage in a conversation or two with people, perhaps people blocking my way. 
'But certainly not to be grabbed round the neck.'
After the shocking video emerged, her husband Peter, originally from Dorset, replied to concerned friends: 'She's ok, she's taking down the government, one Tory at a time.' 
On Mr and Mrs Barker's website they give an insight into their decision to live 'off grid' saying how it was part of a 'long term plan to live on a low impact, sustainable smallholding.'
They say their property is a 'small, zero carbon house, powered entirely by renewable energy' and they 'harvest hay from our fields, firewood from our coppice and vegetables from our garden.' 
And they list the 31 Angora rabbits they own that provides them with wool for their business.  
Asked if she expected resistance at the event Janet told the BBC: 'Yes, but not to the extent which I received. 
'I had nothing on me. I was wearing a red dress, a sash. I had a little handbag, with leaflets. He panicked.'
Speaking of how they managed to infiltrate the event which hosted Chancellor Philip Hammond's annual Mansion House Speech, added: 'We just walked in, in a very dignified way.
'There was quite a few of us, and we walked in there, we were polite people, we said we are here to deliver a message.
'I think the fact that there was quite a few of is, we were able to do that. 
'We were challenged, There was some security there. They said I'm, sorry you can't enter, and which point we said we've got an important message to issue and we were polite with what we were saying.
'We did manage to get through. A number of us didn't manage to get in. I think they didn't know what was happening. They were quite disarmed by it. 
'By the time they realised what was happening, they did manage to close the doors, no one else was able to enter the building.'
A City of London Corporation spokesperson said they had opened a probe into how security was breached.
A spokesman said: 'We are investigating last night’s breach of security at Mansion House and will be reviewing arrangements for future events.
'The protestors were swiftly escorted out of Mansion House by security and the City of London Police.' 
Mrs Barker's mother Dorothy Payne, 79, from Wigan, told MailOnline: 'I have seen it on the TV and I thought ' that's just Janet '. 
She is devoted to the cause and I agree with her and support her.
'I do not agree with violence but Janet and Greenpeace would never do anything to hurt anyone. 
But I agree with bringing the point home to the Government. There is a climate emergency and the Government are not doing enough. Millions of homes are being built but none of them have solar panels.
'She has always had a strong interest in nature, the countryside and the sea since she was about 12 years old.
'I think the MP went over the top and over reacted. 
'I know that it has been said that she could have been carrying a gun but they were all wearing sashes with Greenpeace on them so it was obvious it was a peaceful protest.'   
In 2018 joined three other female Greenpeace activists in dismantling a VW Golf TDI diesel car outside the V&A Museum in South Kensington. 
Speaking of her experience taking part in Extinction Rebellion, she said: 'It's incredible, over 500 have been arrested for peacefully protesting and yet even more are coming down to replace them.
'I am surrounded by people who are deeply committed and care so much for the future that we are prepared to do whatever it takes.'
Her husband writes how Mrs Barker decided to set up business using wool from Angora rabbits as she was 'very ethically minded.'
He writes: 'She was horrified by the videos coming out of China depicting the poor welfare conditions some rabbits were being subjected to and so the idea was born; to create a brand with a purpose, ethical, British Angora.'  
The website adds: 'We are a small producer in Llangammarch Wells of Angora yarn and knitted items, all from our own rabbits, blended with local sheep wool and hand spun by Janet or sent away for machine spinning for a finer yarn.
'Angora is the very warm and super-soft fibre from the Angora rabbit.
'At Ethical Angora we shear their woolly coats four times a year, they are not harmed in this process at all and you can be assured our bunnies are loved and well cared for.'
Mrs Barker, who went to the University of Chester, is listed on her social media profiles as a support worker. 
It came as Field, who earlier this year wrote to Met commissioner Cressida Dick calling for police to take a 'much firmer grip' on climate change protesters, faces calls to be sacked over the incident, which was caught on video. 
Mr Field, a married father of two, is heard on the video saying: 'Can you get this person out?' and 'that way' as the woman responds 'I'm sorry, please' and 'It's a peaceful protest.'
After footage of the incident emerged last night, Mr Field released a statement saying he had referred himself to the Cabinet Office for investigation.
He was in hiding today and there was no sign of life at his £1.5 million luxury central London flat, a short walk from the Houses of Parliament.
However a hand written letter to the Westminster and City of London MP was delivered to the concierge if the mansion block. And his dry cleaning was picked up.
Conservative Party chairman Brandon Lewis confirmed today that the party will investigate the incident, as Mr Field apologised 'unreservedly' saying he 'deeply regretted' his actions. 
The City of London Police said they have received a 'small number of third party reports of an assault taking place' and confirmed they are 'being looked into.'
Announcing he was to be suspended from his role as a minister, a Number 10 spokesman said: 'The Prime Minister has seen the footage and she found it very concerning.
'The police have said they are looking into reports over this matter and Mark Field has also referred himself to both the Cabinet Office and the Conservative Party.
'He will be suspended as a minister while investigations take place.' 
Speaking on a campaign visit to the West Midlands today Jeremy Hunt said: 'Mark has issued a full and unreserved apology. 
'He recognises that what happened was an overreaction. 
'But what we need now, in his interests but also in the interests of the lady involved, is a proper independent inquiry by the Cabinet Office. That is what is going to happen.'    
Hannah Martin, another of the Greenpeace protesters that invaded Mansion House, told how Mrs Barker was 'pretty shaken up' and said what happened was 'unacceptable and disproportionate.'
She told the BB's Victoria Derbyshire show today:  'No peaceful protesters should be subject to that level of physical reaction, especially when it is unwarranted and especially by a sitting member of parliament.
'Mark Field has apologised, he clearly sees that what he did was wrong,
'The woman in question was there because she cares deeply and passionately about something which we all need to be taking extremely seriously. 
'We declared as soon as we entered the room who we were. We said we were from Greenpeace, it was a female led protest to give that sense of security. We had banners saying climate emergency. 
'I think anyone who watches that video can see pretty clearly that she is walking behind him, she poses no threat to him. 
'If he had wanted to get up and bock her pathway, which many other people were doping much more peacefully in the rest of the room he could have done so.
'But instead he slams her against a pillar and grabs her by the neck and pushes her out. He's not a police officer. He's not authorised to do that.' 
Connie Stewart, volunteer co-ordinator of the Greenpeace Glasgow, said: ‘Some of us got into the building but didn’t get into the dinner. 
'The few women who got in started reading the speech, saying that there was a climate emergency to the room.
‘It was obviously a peaceful protest and he would have known that. That girl found herself on her own. She was walking along to give out leaflets and he just grabbed her, which we can see from the footage.
‘It was totally unnecessary. I spoke to her afterwards. We are trained to expect aggressive behaviour. She had shouted out that it was a peaceful protest.
‘It was shocking what he did, totally out of order. There was no need for that at all. Everybody knows that Greenpeace is a non-violent organisation.
‘He wouldn’t have thought he was in danger. It was all women in dresses for a start with sashes with Climate Emergency written on them. I don’t think we were very threatening. We just wanted to read out the speech and hand copies of the speech out at the dinner. That was all we wanted to do. 
'There was a lot of panic and anger among the staff. I got pushed quite hard. There was a lot of pushing and shoving.’
Mrs Barker's protest in South Kensington last year was targeting Volkswagen for its continued practice of manufacturing diesel cars.
Sporting mechanic's overalls, Mrs Barker, 38, appeared in a Greenpeace promotional video for the protest.
She says: 'We are sponsoring an event here called 'The Future Starts Here' all about future technologies and how they can help us.
'But at the same time they're clinging on to diesel and trying to convince everyone that this dirty technology has a future.
'Diesels make the air dangerous to breathe, it's causing horrendous air pollution in the town where I'm from, in Wigan, and throughout the UK.'
Mrs Barker was also among Greenpeace protesters who used kayaks and boats to reach a 23,000-tonne car carrier in the Thames Estuary in Sheerness, Kent in September 2017.
They climbed up and were hanging from the ship's 27m-high unloading door and pledged to remain until Volkswagen took its 'toxic cars back to Germany'.
She told reporters at the time: 'Diesel cars are toxic so we're here to block VW imports on behalf of all of the children who are the most acutely affected by the health impacts of diesel fumes.
'VW's polluting vehicles are adding to a public health emergency harming thousands of people.' 
Two months ago she protested outside Boots in Abergavenny because the High Street chemist uses oil supplements from over-fished krill.
She also joined a demonstration outside an HSBC in Hereford after the Bank was linked to a Palm Oil manufacturer accused of destroying swathes of rainforest in Indonesia.
Aside from being involved with Greenpeace, Mrs Barker is a supporter of the Cardiff-branch of Extinction Rebellion - the eco warriors who brought much of central London to a standstill in April.
And as well as being a committed environmental protester, she is also vehemently against hunting and a champion for animal rights.
The incident involving Mrs Barker and Mr Field has sparked fury on social media as furious MPs called for him to be sacked from his role in the foreign office.
But former Army officer and Tory MP Johnny Mercer, who served in Afghanistan, was among those that defended his actions, saying: 'If you think this is 'serious violence', you may need to recalibrate your sensitivities.'
In a statement Mr Field, MP for the Cities of London and Westminster, said: 'A major security breach occurred at the dinner I attended last night when a large number of protesters suddenly and noisily stormed into Mansion House.
'In the confusion many guests understandably felt threatened and when one protester rushed past me towards the top table I instinctively reacted.
'There was no security present and I was for a split-second genuinely worried she might have been armed.
'As a result I grasped the intruder firmly in order to remove her from the room as swiftly as possible. 
'I deeply regret this episode and unreservedly apologise to the lady concerned for grabbing her but in the current climate I felt the need to act decisively to close down the threat to the safety of those present.
The Foreign Office minister for Asia and the Pacific added to ITV: 'In view of the publicity around this incident I am referring myself to the Cabinet Office to examine whether there has been a breach of the ministerial code, and will of course co-operate fully with their investigation.'
Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Mr Lewis said: 'I've spoken to the chief whip this morning and there will be an investigation from our end.'
He said it was 'very hard to defend' the footage, adding: 'It's hard for anybody to look at that and not be astonished at what they have seen.'
But he said the investigation would look into the 'full details of what happened'.
Areeba Hamid, from Greenpeace accused Mr Field of assault today, saying he 'should have a long hard stare at himself and think whether that behaviour is in keeping with someone in public office.'
She told BBC Breakfast: 'When she came back last night I did meet her briefly. 
'She was still in shock obviously but has been reassured by the outpouring of support she's been seeing online and she is recovering from what was a very busy night for her and other activists.
'We went into that event announcing who we were very clearly, we were there to make a very important point - that we are in a climate emergency - to a roomful of people who are actually capable of making some very profound decisions.
She said the activist is trained and experienced in non-violent direct action. 
She added: 'What she signed up for - as have other activists - is legal consequences. They are putting their freedom at risk. But what they have not signed up for is physical assault.
She said it was 'quite ludicrous' to suggest that the protester might have been armed. 
Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats have called for the government to suspend or sack him.
Shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler said the footage was 'horrific' and highlighted that he 'should be immediately suspended or sacked'. 
She added: 'Conservative Foreign Office Minister Mark Field violently grabs a woman as she protests about climate change at the bankers' banquet. 
'This appears to be assault. He must be immediately suspended or sacked. Due to Violence against women.
'I'm sure I'm not the only one who is wondering why no one intervened. So much violence does not seem justified. An investigation needs to take place as soon as possible.' 
Former cabinet minister Ed Davey, who is also a Lib Dem leader candidate said: 'The sight of some penguin-suited Tory minister behaving in a violent way towards a female Greenpeace activist absolutely stinks. Shame on you.'
Labour MP Jess Phillips tweeted: 'She posed no credible threat from what I can see. 
'There is very little else that could justify this and anyone can see that this could have been done without physical contact. 
'Every MP has to deal with protest and conflict, it is done with words. To watch this is so so awful.' 
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan tweeted: 'It is truly shocking to see this kind of behaviour from an MP. 
'Violence against women is endemic in our society and this behaviour is unacceptable. He should consider his position. I welcome the fact the City of London Police are looking into this incident.' 
Former Labour Home Secretary Jacqui Smith told Good Morning Britain:  'I think that it was perfectly possible for him to deal with that woman in a way that didn't involve gripping her around the neck
'I don't think it's true there was no security there. 
'I don't think I would have grabbed somebody by the throat. My response to what I've seen is that I think he over-reacted.'
Lib Dem MP Chuka Umunna described Mr Field's actions as 'totally unacceptable' while Independent MP Sarah Wollaston said it was 'Absolutely shameful, a male MP marching a woman out of a room by her neck.' 
Alistair Burt, a former colleague of Mr Field said that he 'would answer for himself'.
Speaking to Newsnight he said: 'I've only just seen that clip...I've no appreciation of the context of anything like that. Mark will answer for himself. But it looks to be a very difficult situation for everyone concerned.' 
Tory MP Sir Peter Bottomley said Mr Field had done nothing wrong.
He said: 'The woman clearly was trying to create a fuss.
'Most viewers would say it's good that she didn't succeed.'
When asked if Mr Field had been heavy-handed, Sir Peter responded: 'No, he reversed her direction and she looked as though she went willingly.
'I think there's no reason to criticise Mark Field... Of course it wasn't an assault, it was a reversal of direction.' 
Later Sir Peter told the Today programme that Mr Field 'did what any sensible person would have done'.
He said she could have been 'carrying a collapsible truncheon' and 'someone needed to intervene.'
When it was put to Sir Peter the woman posed no threat, he added: 'I think the time to intervene is in advance.
'It is not an assault - you can't use the word assault, that is completely wrong and an exaggeration, and I'm very sorry you've said that.'
Tory MP Johnny Mercer tweeted: 'Try being in our shoes in the current environment. 
'He panicked, he's not trained in restraint and arrest, and if you think this is 'serious violence', you may need to recalibrate your sensitivities. 
'Calm down, move on, and be thankful this wasn't worse.' 
It was revealed earlier this year that Mr Field has sent a letter to Commissioner Cressida Dick, where he stated that the police should take a 'firm grip' on Extinction Rebellion protesters. 
Tory MP Johnny Mercer defended Mr Field, but others, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour MP Jess Phillips condemned his actions
Tory MP Johnny Mercer defended Mr Field, but others, including London Mayor Sadiq Khan and Labour MP Jess Phillips condemned his actions 
The activists, in red evening dress with Suffragette-style sashes reading 'climate emergency'.
Greenpeace said in a statement that they intended to 'flash-mob the Chancellor's podium, hijack the microphone and give the speech we all need in a climate emergency.'
Security stepped in and ejected the women from the annual event, which is held in the City of London.
A voice off camera was heard shouting: 'You have made your point now so if you could kindly leave' after the protesters stormed the building.
The Chancellor stayed in the room while he waited for security to deal with the situation as protesters clapped and chanted.
Despite the disruption, Mr Hammond continued with his speech with a smile on his face. 
The protesters were among 40 volunteers who 'gatecrashed' the Chancellor's Mansion House speech, according to Greenpeace.
Greenpeace said in a statement that they intended to 'flash-mob the Chancellor's podium, hijack the microphone and give the speech we all need in a climate emergency.'
Security stepped in and ejected the women from the annual event, which is held in the City of London.
A voice off camera was heard shouting: 'You have made your point now so if you could kindly leave' after the protesters stormed the building.
The Chancellor stayed in the room while he waited for security to deal with the situation as protesters clapped and chanted.
Despite the disruption, Mr Hammond continued with his speech with a smile on his face. 
The protesters were among 40 volunteers who 'gatecrashed' the Chancellor's Mansion House speech, according to Greenpeace.
Footage showed several women being ushered out of the banquet hall as attendees in black tie looked on. 
A City of London Police spokesman said lass night that no arrests were made.
The force said in a statement: 'We were alerted at 9.03pm. We were called by security at Mansion House who let us know there were a group of protesters who had gained entry and were refusing to leave.
'Officers arrived to help with their ejection. Once in the presence of the police, the protesters were co-operative and left the premises.' 
Later they released another statement which said: 'We have received a small number of third party reports of an assault taking place at the event. These reports are being looked into by police.'
Last night a tweet from Mr Field was unearthed where he outlined his views on women in the work place. 
In the tweet, dated May 9, he said: 'The UK remains committed to helping women all over the world to feel safe and protected in the work they do, so they can speak freely and be part of the change we all want.'
Mr Field was also recently criticised for his behaviour towards Jeremy Hunt's wife, Lucia Hunt.
On June 10 he was pictured holding Mrs Hunt's head in his hands and kissing her with his eyes closed. 
A tweet from Mr Field earlier this year which states his support for women being able to speak freely

A tweet from Mr Field earlier this year which states his support for women being able to speak freely
They had been attending the launch of Mr Hunt's Conservative Party leadership campaign in London.
When he kissed Mrs Hunt, others around them looked shocked, while some had smiles on their faces. 
Last night's incident has divided social media users.
One said: 'How do you know if this individual didn't have a device strapped to herself? 
'I put myself in Mark Field's situation - literally seconds to react. If she did have a device on her, we would be looking at MF as a hero. I wonder?!'  
But other users disagreed with his behaviour. One said: 'Presumably #MarkField is being questioned at the nearest police station.'

Last night's incident sparked outrage on social media, while others stepped in to defend him
Last night's incident sparked outrage on social media, while others stepped in to defend him
Another said: 'PM hopeful & Foreign Secretary @Jeremy_Hunt needs to get a grip of this situation with his departmental colleague, Mark Field, as soon as possible.
'Quite astonishingly, several of his backers are defending Mark's behaviour towards a female protestor. A question of judgement...'
Another user, observing the behaviour of the people around Mr Field said: 'Noticeably, no-one applauded him'.
Another user Sian Ifans said: 'Presumably #MarkField is being questioned at the nearest police station as we mourn over the greatest setback to women's rights in 200 years.'
This is while other users took Mr Field's side and noted that it hadn't been clear what the woman had intended to do. 
One Twitter user, James Cook said everyone had been 'quick to judge' Mr Field for his behaviour.
He added: 'I reckon that protester was planning some pretty offensive tweets later.'  
Bob Dee tweeted that the situation was 'nonsense'.
'There's no 'strangling', the protesters weren't going to walk out meekly, and Mark Field is at the very reasonable end of the Tory MP spectrum'.
Another added that the woman had broke int Mansion House and had been marching towards Mark Field and labelling him a 'hero' for grabbing her as it could have been an attack. 
After the protesters were escorted out last night Mr Hammond said: 'The irony is that this is Government that has just led the world by committing to a zero carbon economy by 2050.'
The comment was met with applause.
Continuing his speech Hammond said he couldn't imagine a Conservative and Unionst-led government, 'actively pursuing a no-deal Brexit willing to risk the union and our economic prosperity.'
He added: 'I will fight, and fight again, to remake the case for pragmatism and, yes, for compromise in our politics - to ensure an outcome that protects the union and the prosperity of the United Kingdom.' 
Touching on the leadership campaign, he added that the UK's politics are 'not in such good shape'.  
He said: 'It may be that I'm wrong, and a new leader will persuade Parliament to accept the deal it has already rejected, or that the European Union does a 180-degree U-turn and reopens the Withdrawal Agreement.
'If your plan A is undeliverable, not having a plan B is like not having a plan at all,' he added.
Mr Hammond, who has not declared who he is backing, called for the would-be premiers to be 'honest with the public'.
In a hint at the possibility of a second referendum, he said: 'If the new prime minister cannot end the deadlock in Parliament, then he will have to explore other democratic mechanisms to break the impasse.
'Because if he fails, his job will be on the line - and so too will the jobs and prosperity of millions of our fellow citizens.'
He also said that the parliamentary arithmetic will not change unless there is an election, Parliament will block No Deal, and will not support the withdrawal deal as it stands.  
Last night a letter from MP Mark Field to Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick was unearthed, in which he calls on police to take a 'much firmer grip' on climate change activists.
In the letter, dated 18 April 2019, he addresses the Extinction Rebellion protests which had taken place across London earlier this year.
In it he said: 'I am sure you will agree that what we have seen over the past few days goes well beyond a good-natured excercise in free speech and that the detrimental effect these protests are having on ordinary citizens and local business is much too great for the protesters, however well intentioned to be allowed in such a flagrant way.'
He went on to say that he didn't underestimate the challenge police were facing and that he was 'very grateful' for its efforts so far.
'I should be most grateful if, as a matter of urgency, you would take a much firmer grip on this problem and for the law to be applied to its full extent against those who, despite fair warning, insist on protesting in this anti-social way.'
Greenpeace UK tweeted its respose to Mr Field's actions during the dinner this evening
Greenpeace UK tweeted its respose to Mr Field's actions during the dinner this evening
Signing off the letter, he thanked her for her assistance and that he looked forward to hearing from her.   
In reponse to his behaviour, Greenpeace UK also tweeted their response, they said: 'Instead of assaulting peaceful women protesters, @MarkFieldUK would be better off spending his time tackling the #ClimateEmergency' 
After the Chancellor's speech the Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney joined the stage - where he was met with applause. 
During the speech Governor Carney talked about a new emerging economy, which would be driven by changes in technology.
He said: 'This new economy requires a new finance: one that serves the digital economy, is more efficient, inclusive, sustainable and resilient. And, this new finance demands a new Bank of England.'
Areeba Hamid, climate campaigner for Greenpeace UK, said: 'This is a climate emergency. Business as usual is no longer an option. 
'The real bottom line, the priority that needs to come before all others, is not profit, revenue or growth, but survival. That needs to be recognised in every boardroom and on every balance sheet, starting with the Chancellor's.
'The people in this room have been funding climate change, and we're not giving the banks and hedge funds a pass for their unethical investment decisions anymore. The Treasury is the Government's banker. 
'It plays the same role propping up vested interests and blocking progress on climate change.
'But science demands a radical programme of policy interventions and public investment if our economy is to survive the coming storm. The serious, sensible, grey-suited grown-ups in the room ignored the warning signs and crashed the economy in 2008. We can't afford to let them crash the climate too.'   
After the speech Mr Hammond tweeted that he was 'always open to debate' following the protests
After the speech Mr Hammond tweeted that he was 'always open to debate' following the protests
Greenpeace UK replied almost immediately and said he hadn't shown the leadership to take real action agaisnt the Climate Emergency
Greenpeace UK replied almost immediately and said he hadn't shown the leadership to take real action agaisnt the Climate Emergency
After the speech Mr Hammond tweeted: 'Proud to underline UK's world leading commitment to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 tonight at #MansionHouse. Always open to the debate.'
In response to this Greenpeace UK tweeted: 'Actually, you've sought to water down and delay government action on climate change in recent weeks! It's not a question of debate - the science is clear. What we need is real action to tackle this #ClimateEmergency and you haven't shown the leadership required to do that.
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