Rioters 'bring shame on the Union flag'

Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers told the House of Commons there was nothing British about the 'thuggish, lawless and despicable" behaviour of loyalist protesters. She said:

"There is nothing remotely British about what they are doing; they are dishonouring and shaming the flag of our country with their lawless and violent activities.They discredit the cause they claim to support."

Her comments came as the First Minister of Northern Ireland Peter Robinson said two senior members of his party were issued with death threats. Marc Mallet reports from Belfast.

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2nd NI MP receives death threat

Two senior members of the Democratic Unionists, including an MP, have received death threats. It follows the threat to MP Naomi Long over restricting the raising of the Union flag at Belfast City Hall. There have been more protests tonight.