Defence minister Anna Soubry has proved she is not just prepared for political battles after breaking up a brawl in a cafe.

The MP, who has previously described herself as a "tough old bird", stopped a drunk man as he allegedly fought with two members of staff at a Pret a Manger in Westminster, central London.

The veterans minister, a former TV presenter who once worked for the old Grampian TV in Aberdeen, reportedly stood between the group before blocking the man from returning to the cafe.

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She told The Sun: "I shouted at the drunk guy, 'stop it, stop it now'. They often listen to women because they don't expect it.

"It was only afterwards that I thought perhaps that wasn't the brightest thing to do."

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of assault following the incident in Horseferry Road at around 7am yesterday.