Anti-Tory protesters take to streets after election shock

Barely 24 hours after the Conservatives’ election victory was confirmed, demonstrators took to the streets in a series anti-Government protests.

A police officer and a member of police staff were being treated in hospital after being injured in London as protesters voiced their opposition to the ongoing programme of spending cuts, among other policies.

The pair were part of a large police presence at the ongoing protest which began outside Conservative headquarters and moved to outside Downing Street today.

The Women of World War II monument in Whitehall was also damaged, just yards from where a concert to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VE Day was due to take place.

Scotland Yard said four people had been arrested for public order offences.

A police statement said: “Police in Westminster are currently facilitating an unplanned anti-austerity protest outside Downing Street.

“One police officer and one member of police staff have been injured policing this protest.

“Both are being treated in hospital. The officer is being treated for a suspected dislocated shoulder. The member of police staff is being treated for a cut lip after being struck by an object.

“Officers are working to minimise disruption to all road users and members of the public passing through the area.”

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