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Man charged over attack on George Galloway

Neil Masterson charged with religiously-aggravated assault after outspoken British MP was attacked in London.

Last updated: 31 Aug 2014 10:17
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Earlier in the month, Galloway had declared Bradford city as an "Israeli-free zone" [Respect via Twitter]

British police have charged a 39-year-old man with a religiously-motivated assault on UK Member of Parliament George Galloway on a west London street.

Neil Masterson, 39, of Camden Hill, London, was charged on Saturday 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.

Galloway, the leader of the Respect Party and 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.

The outspoken British MP known for his pro-Palestine views had described himself as being in "pretty bad shape" following the attack.

Galloway was questioned by the 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 on Monday, according to Scotland Yard.

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