A protester was arrested after Sir Keir Starmer was covered in glitter at the start of his speech at the Labor conference.
The 28-year-old Surrey man was arrested on suspicion of assault, disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct and is in custody.
In what has been described as a serious security blunder, an activist burst onto the stage at the start of the Labor leader’s signature speech and spilled glitter on his suit, before being led away by security guards.
Merseyside Police said: “We can confirm that a 28-year-old man from Surrey has been arrested following an incident at the Labor Party conference this afternoon.
“The man was detained by event security and handed over to police, who arrested him on suspicion of S39 assault, disorderly conduct and disorderly conduct.
“They have taken him to a police station where the police will question him.”
After taking to the stage at Liverpool Exhibition Center and throwing glitter on Sir Keir’s suit, the caller shouted: “True democracy is citizen-led, politics needs an update.
“We demand a house from the people, we demand a house from the people! We are in crisis”.
Sir Keir then took off his jacket and told the audience: “If you think that bothers me, you don’t know me.”
A new Just Stop Oil splinter group called People Demand Democracy appeared to claim responsibility for the stunt.
In a rambling thread on Twitter after the dramatic incident, the group wrote: “What the People Demand Democracy are asking for is simple: a fair and proportional voting system for Westminster elections and a permanent, legally binding national House of Citizens, selected by democratic voters. Lottery that ends corruption in Westminster.
“Voters prefer a new electoral system to the old one by almost 2 to 1. The 2022 Labor Party Conference approved a new proportional electoral system with around 80 per cent support. But the leaders have refused to accept that democratic decision.”