BORIS Johnson has praised the Black Lives Matter hero who rescued a rival protester, declaring: “He represents the best of us.”
Patrick Hutchinson plucked the white protester from violent clashes in London and was pictured carrying him to safety on his shoulder.
The PM’s spokesman said he was moved by the bravery, while Home Secretary Priti Patel said Mr Hutchinson was the “best of Britain”.
Asked about the image, the spokesman added: “The images are very moving.
“Nobody should have to face vile racism and abuse.
“I think Patrick Hutchinson’s instincts in that moment represent the best of us.”
‘ACTION SPOKE VOLUMES’
Ms Patel told the House of Commons: “Our country needs more people like him and his actions this weekend spoke volumes.
“I pay tribute to him and the way in which he conducted himself, the way in which he stepped in.”
And she confirmed ministers were considering a new law which would hand protesters who vandalise war memorials ten years in prison.
The rescue took place amid ugly scenes outside Parliament on Saturday as far right thugs descended on the area under the pretence of protecting Winston Churchill’s statue.
They pelted police and passers-by with missiles and threw kicks at and punches.
Some 100 officers have been hurt in clashes at recent Black Lives Matter protests, Ms Patel confirmed.
The Home Secretary said: “I refuse to allow our outstanding officers to become society’s punch bag and I refuse to allow monuments to heroes who served their country to be vandalised and desecrated.”
The PM has set up a new racism commission which will report back by Christmas.
He said: “What we want to do is learn very fast what fresh changes we need to make.
“There are so many positive stories that are not being heard.
“You’re seeing young black kids doing better in some of the most difficult subjects in school than they were ever before, more going to top universities.
“We need to start telling that story and building up a culture of high expectations.”
No10 said the review would also examine poor educational outcomes for white working-class boys.
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