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Tuesday, 19 July 2011

The pie-thrower who attacked Rupert Murdoch is a renowned activist who is one of the founding members of a left-wing protest group.

Comedian Jonnie Marbles – real name Jonathan May-Bowles – has been involved in protests in the past, it has been claimed.

Moments before he carried out the attack he wrote on Twitter: ‘It is a far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before #splat’.

Splat: Rupert Murdoch is attacked with a foam pie during the select committee hearing. The man responsible has been named on Twitter as Jonnie Marbles, 26

The 26-year-old, from Croydon, south London, had been tweeting live updates from inside the hearing on an iPhone.

He is allegedly involved with UK Uncut – a protest group who have targeted Barclays, Topshop and Vodafone for alleged tax avoidance with a series of sit-ins.

After the security breach, the Met Police will face difficult questions about how a high-profile activist managed to get in to the Select Committee hearing.

Eyewitnesses said a member of the audience sitting at the back of the room stood up and walked around to the front where Mr Murdoch was giving evidence and threw what appeared to be a paper plate covered in shaving foam at him.

Left-wing activist Jonnie Marbles is one of the founding members of UK Uncut and a comedian

James Murdoch was in mid-sentence as the attacked was launched.

Wendi Murdoch, who had sat behind her husband throughout his appearance before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, appeared to strike back at the assailant in defence of her husband.

Minutes after the protest he had apparently been ditched by his unimpressed girlfriend, Twitter user pageantmalarkey, who wrote: 'Not funny. Not clever. Not your girlfriend.'


Marbles had been tweeting throughout the hearing that he thought Rupert Murdoch had been giving limited answers to some questions.

This morning he had written: ‘Last night I had a dream that I was wrapped up in an epic battle between all that is right and good and the forces of darkness.’


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