Boris Johnson was heckled by a protester on Friday over his controversial decision to suspend parliament in the weeks before Britain is due to leave the European Union .

The PM has angered his critics by suspending parliament until October 14.

The government has said it is a normal part of the process of launching a new legislative programme, but Johnson's opponents have accused the him of trying to prevent the House of Commons from scrutinising his Brexit plans.

Johnson delivered a speech in Rotherham about giving more power to cities in the north of England, and as he was doing so a man shouted: "Why are you not with them in parliament sorting out the mess that you have created?"

As he tried to return to his speech, Johnson replied: "I'm very happy to get back to parliament very soon."

He later said from the stage that the heckler had been thrown out, adding the man had "left prematurely, not necessarily under his own steam".

Boris Johnson tried to recover his composure despite the man's interruption

It was the third time this month that Johnson, who took power less than two months ago, has been heckled in the north of England.

In a speech setting out plans to give more powers to local authorities, he said that as a former city mayor he knew how local accountability can improve people's lives.

At this point the heckler intervened with a loudly shouted question: "Like our MPs, Boris? Maybe get back to parliament?"

As the man was removed, Johnson said: "We want to see towns and communities able to represent that guy and sort out his needs."

A heckler is ejected as Prime Minister Boris Johnson makes a speech in Rotherham
 

Last week, a man interrupted Johnson as he gave a television interview in the street, saying he should be spending more time negotiating with the EU.

Earlier on Friday, Johnson was confronted by an angry woman who criticised the Conservative government's spending cuts introduced in the aftermath of the global financial crisis.

The government has now said austerity is over and has promised the biggest spending increases in 15 years.

But the woman said: "People have died because of austerity and you've got the cheek to come here and tell us austerity is over and it's all good."

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