Man charged over George Galloway assault

George Galloway This picture, released by Respect via Twitter, was taken before George Galloway went to hospital

A man has been charged with religiously-aggravated assault after MP George Galloway was attacked in a west London street.

The Respect MP for Bradford West was posing for pictures in Golborne Road, Notting Hill, when he was assaulted on Friday evening.

He suffered bruising to his head and is believed to have had some ribs broken.

Neil Masterson, 39, of Campden Hill, will appear at Hammersmith Magistrates Court on Monday.

He has also been charged with common assault against a man in his 40s who came to the victim's aid, police said.

Mr Galloway was posing for pictures with people in the west London street when a man "leapt on him and started punching him", a spokesman for the MP said.

The assailant also made reference to the Holocaust, the spokesman said.

Mr Galloway was interviewed under caution by police earlier this month over remarks he made about Israel.

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