An MP was attacked and robbed on his way home from Parliament last night.
Adrian Bailey, Labour MP for West Bromwich West, was repeatedly hit by muggers wearing hoodies.
He eventually handed over his mobile phone and wallet.
The MP, who believes there were six attackers, said the incident shows the importance of having police officers patrolling the streets.
He suffered “bumps and bruises” but did not require hospital treatment.
Mr Bailey said: “I appreciate that many other people have gone through what I went through last night and it really brought home to me the value of having bobbies on the beat to deter such attacks.
“Every member of the public deserves the right to walk about in a safe and non- threatening environment.
“The Metropolitan Police response has been excellent and they are working hard with me to identify the perpetrators of this attack.
“I would like to thank the Metropolitan Police for their immediate response and the kind support they are giving me in dealing with this issue.”
The robbery took place around 10.00pm on Tuesday 20 February as Mr Bailey was close to his home in Southwark, London, following the day’s proceedings in Parliament.
The MP said he was was approached by several assailants wearing hoodies. One person jumped on his back and although Mr Bailey fought him off, he attacked Mr Bailey again from behind.
Meanwhile another one of the assailants went past him on a bike and blocked his exit.
Mr Bailey said he called for help and thought another person nearby was coming to his assistance. Instead, the person turned out to be yet another assailant and during the tussle Adrian received a number of blows and was hit over the head with a large milk container.
The MP handed over his wallet and mobile phone. Once they had gone, he went home and called the Metropolitan Police.
The mobile phone and cards were all stopped immediately, Mr Bailey said.
Prime Minister Theresa May defended the Government’s record on police funding in the House of Commons today.
She said funding for police forces had increased.
Labour MPs pointed out that funding from central government had been frozen – which means it was cut once inflation is taken into account – although Police and Crime Commissioners have been allowed to raise extra funding by increasing the police precept, which is added to council tax bills.