11/06/2014 03:31 BST | Updated 11/06/2014 03:59 BST

Defence Minister Anna Soubry Breaks Up Fight Between Three Men At Pret A Manger

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Anna Soubry arrives at 10 Downing Street in central London where Prime Minister David Cameron is putting the final touches to his first major reshuffle of the coalition Government. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday September 4, 2012. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

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 reportedly stood between the group before blocking the man from returning to the cafe.

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.