Anna Soubry’s strong-willed character clearly predates her decision to leave the Tories and sit as an independent MP.
Rare footage from 1988 shows Ms Soubry breaking up a live TV studio brawl when she was presenter of the regional news show ‘Central Weekend’.
In Westminster she is known as being unafraid to speak her mind, and this clip shows that is not a new trait for the newly independent MP.
The MP for Broxtowe intervened when a fight broke out during a live studio debate between fur traders and animal rights activists.
On Wednesday, Ms Soubry joined two parliamentary colleagues in resigning from the Conservative party to join an independent group, set up by former Labour MPs
She is one of 11 MPs now sitting in the House of Commons as part of The Independent Group.
Seven Labour MPs quit on Monday, they were joined by their former colleague Joan Ryan on Tuesday and the three Tories quit on Wednesday.
Now both parties are fearful they may lose further MPs.
And Theresa May has held meetings with Remain Tories Justine Greening and Dr Philip Lee to try and persuade them to stay in the Conservative Party.
In a letter to Anna Soubry, and to Dr Sarah Wollaston and Heidi Allen, who also quit the party, Mrs May said she was “saddened” by their decision to leave.
However she strongly rejected their claims the party had shifted to the right and was now in the grip of “hard line” Brexiteer.