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Man charged over “religiously aggravated” attack on MP Galloway

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West suffered bruising to the face and possibly a broken rib in the attack.

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BRITISH POLICE HAVE charged a 39-year-old man with a religiously motivated assault on left-wing MP George Galloway on a west London street.

Neil Masterson, 39, of Camden Hill, London, 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”.

The second charge is believed to relate to a bystander who tried to intervene.

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West suffered bruising to the face and possibly a broken rib in the attack as he posed for pictures with people near Notting Hill.

Galloway had described himself as being in “pretty bad shape” following the attack.

The outspoken Galloway was questioned by British police earlier this month after declaring the West Yorkshire city of Bradford an “Israel-free zone” on August 2.

Masterson will appear before Hammersmith Magistrates’ Court tomorrow, according to Scotland Yard.

© AFP, 2014 

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