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Occupy protesters gather at Parliament Square

Around 100 protesters from the Occupy movement have gathered at Parliament Square calling for "real democracy now".

The Met Police said it attempted to make contact with organisers but the group had "failed to engage" with the force. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
The force confirmed a Section 60 AA order was in place in the area around Parliament Square which gives police powers to force people to remove masks where they anticipate criminal activity. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Protester Tom Kay, from Sheffield, said, 'The police are unwilling to let people protest seriously.' Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
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'I got it wrong' says MP as England flag tied to her home

The Labour MP who resigned from the shadow cabinet after her white van Rochester tweet has said she "got it wrong" as a flag of St George was tied to railings outside her London home.

The flag of England, the St George's Cross, flaps in the wind after being tied to Emily Thornberry's house.

Emily Thornberry, the former shadow attorney general, stood down after facing criticism for her photo that appeared to ridicule a Rochester home with three large England flags draped across the front of the house.

The Islington South MP spoke to reporters outside her house before cycling off to Parliament.

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Thornberry 'right' to resign over white van man tweet

Labour MP Emily Thornberry did the "right thing" to resign from the shadow cabinet after sending a tweet appearing to ridicule a home owner in Rochester, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander has told Good Morning Britain.

Ms Thornberry, who held the position of shadow attorney general, caused uproar during yesterday's by-election by sending out a picture of a house draped with England flags, and with a white van in the drive, with the words "Image from #Rochester".

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White van man says Emily Thornberry is a 'snob'

The owner of the house and white van which Emily Thornbury took a photo of before posting it on Twitter has said the MP is a "snob".

White van house owner: Emily Thornberry is a 'snob'. Credit: Twitter/@EmilyThornberry

Dan Ware,told The Sun: "I've not got a clue who she is, but she's a snob".

He said the flags had been left up since being raised when England played in the football World Cup in May.

"We will continue to fly it," he added.

Mr Ware, a 37-year-old father of four, told the newspaper he could not remember when he last voted.

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Farage: Labour has 'increasingly become anti-English'

Nigel Farage has accused Labour of becoming "increasingly anti-English" despite Ed Miliband's swift action over Emily Thornberry's controversial Rochester tweet.

Ms Thornberry resigned from her position as shadow attorney general within hours of the tweet, which appeared to ridicule a white van-owning England fan, after two meetings with Mr Miliband.

But Mr Farage said the Labour leader was ineffective at turning the mood of a party he suggested now acted against England's interests.

I doubt they can make those inroads under this leader. I mean Labour has increasingly become anti-English over time, happy to pander in every way to Scotland, but somehow this Labour Party or new Labour believes that any sense of English identity is disreputable and wrong.

– Nigel Farage, speaking on BBC Radio 4
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Labour MP resigns from shadow cabinet after flag tweet

Shadow attorney general Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has said.

Emily Thornberry has resigned from the shadow cabinet, the Labour Party has announced. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

It follows controversy over a tweet she posted earlier today of a house draped with England flags and the words "Image from Rochester".

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