Man charged over George Galloway assault
Police arrest 39-year-old man after MP suffers suspected broken jaw and rib in attack in London.
A man has been charged with religiously aggravated assault after allegedly attacking George Galloway on a London street on Friday evening, police have said.
The Bradford West MP was released from hospital on Saturday morning having suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising. Neil Masterson, 39, has been accused of shouting about the Holocaust and attacking him.
The attack, it is claimed, was related to comments Galloway recently made about the conflict in Gaza. The MP was posing for pictures in Notting Hill in west London when the attack took place. He was treated overnight at St Mary’s hospital.
Police said he was charged with the assault an Galloway and another man. A spokesman said Masterson was due to appear at Hammersmith magistrates court on Monday.
Galloway was taken to a central London hospital for treatment to his injuries, police said.
The Respect party released a photo taken of Galloway’s battered face as he was on his way to hospital.
The tweeted picture showed two red lumps on his right temple. “The Respect party thanks all wellwishers,” the accompanying message said.
The MP was interviewed earlier this month by West Yorkshire police following a speech in Leeds in which he claimed Bradford was an Israel-free zone.
The spokesman said Galloway, who represents Bradford West, had described himself as being “in a pretty bad shape”.
In 2008, a rubber stress ball was thrown at Galloway as he was campaigning in an open-top bus in London. He received medical treatment but was not taken to hospital. A man was arrested and cautioned over the incident.