Heckler thrown out of Brown event

A heckler has been thrown out of a Labour party event after he complained about broadband provision.

Julian Borthwick repeatedly interrupted a speech Gordon Brown was giving at the National Glass Centre in Sunderland today.

He was eventually removed, to applause from the audience, who had been irritated that his voice was drowning out the prime minister.

But some commentators on Twitter said the expulsion made Labour look “draconian”.

The 38-year-old was complaining about fast broadband in the north-east and that Mr Brown was appearing before “small hand-picked groups” rather than ordinary voters.