George Galloway injured in street attack

Published Saturday, 30 August 2014
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A 39-year-old man has been charged with a religiously aggravated assault after controversial MP George Galloway was attacked in London.

George Galloway injured in street attack
The Respect MP George Galloway is pictured at the Ulster Hall last week (© Presseye)

The pro-Palestine Bradford West MP suffered a suspected broken jaw, broken rib and bruising in the attack in Golborne Road in Notting Hill on Friday evening.

The Respect Party tweeted a picture of Mr Galloway after the assault, showing two red lumps on his right temple.

"The Respect Party thanks all well-wishers," the party said.

Mr Galloway had been posing for pictures when a man shouted a comment about the Holocaust and attacked him, according to his spokesman.

The Metropolitan Police said Neil Masterson, 39, of Camden Hill, London, will appear before Hammersmith Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Police said he was charged with "assault by beating which is religiously aggravated on a male in his 60s and also common assault on a male in his 40s".

It was understood the second charge related to a member of the public who stepped in.

Earlier a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "The victim of the assault was taken to a central London hospital for treatment to his injuries.

"He was discharged from hospital this morning, Saturday 30 August.

Last weekend, the politician was in Northern Ireland to address supporters at the Ulster Hall in Belfast during an event which unionist politicians objected to.

Around 200 loyalist protestors gathered outside the venue to voice their anger amid a heavy police presence.

Mr Galloway, who was born in Scotland and supports the No campaign ahead of the Scottish independence referendum, talked about politics in the UK and abroad.

He was interviewed earlier this month by West Yorkshire Police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israel-free zone.

© UTV News
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22 Comments
Dorothy in Kansas wrote (53 days ago):
I see that Israel has grabbed some more Palestinian land and is going to build houses for their own people on it. No doubt the Israeli apologists on here will be cheering them on.
Ryan in An Dun wrote (54 days ago):
To attack someone because their views differ from yours? Mouncey in Belfast, you are quite right. Brave man to beat up a 60 year old. I wish George a speedy recovery and don't let these thugs win.
Ger in Lurgan wrote (54 days ago):
His attacker could obviously not silence George for speaking the truth about a racist state and therefore decided to physically attack him.
Sean in Beal Feirste wrote (55 days ago):
Why does UTV allow people to spout such hate??? Not only on this topic but many others. It is as bad as, if not worse, than the tabloids. Violence is violence and should be condemned from all quarters. Bottom line.
william in coleraine wrote (55 days ago):
Best wishes and a speedy recovery to George Galloway. The scumbag that attacked him no doubt couldnt lace georges boots when it comes to debate and argument.( UTV stop censoring fair comments). william in Coleraine.
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