FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show U.K. Parliament Members Fighting In October 2022?

Anna Mock | Fact Check Reporter

An image shared on Facebook allegedly shows U.K. Members of Parliament (MPs) in a physical altercation in October 2022 in Westminster.

Verdict: False

The image was taken in 2018 when protestors disrupted a speech from MP Jacob Rees-Mogg at a Bristol university, multiple news outlets report. No such fights have broken out recently.

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The Facebook post shows a screenshot of a tweet that reads “UK Parliamentary Democracy at its finest… Front & centre is The Haunted Mop Stick.” The post’s caption reads, “Tories last night at Westminster, all Scottish Tories voted for fracking apart from Alistair Jack, Scotland says no to fracking.”

The original tweet seen in the Facebook post garnered over 1,200 retweets. (RELATED: No, British Parliament Didn’t Ban Lipstick In 1770 For Fear It Had ‘The Power To Seduce Men Into Marriage’)

This image is not recent, however. An article from Sky News in 2018 shows a video of the altercation seen in the picture. It occurred in Bristol when protestors disrupted a speech from Jacob Rees-Mogg, the outlet reported.

Mogg told BBC News that the individuals were “entitled to protest,” but that it was “sad” they would not discuss views with him. The Guardian also reported on the incident, using the same video.

This is not the first time misinformation regarding U.K. political affairs have circulated on social media. Check Your Fact previously debunked a claim suggesting King Charles II had ceded the throne to Prince William.

Anna Mock

Fact Check Reporter

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