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Luton man denies throwing eggs at Baroness Warsi

Baroness Warsi
Image caption Baroness Warsi was the first Muslim woman to serve in the cabinet

A Tory peer was verbally insulted before being hit in the face by an egg on a visit to Luton, a court heard.

City of Westminster magistrates were told Baroness Warsi, now Conservative Party chairwoman, was targeted during the visit on 30 November 2009.

Gavin Reid, 23, of Green Close, Luton, denies a charge under the Public Order Act, of intentionally causing harassment, alarm or distress.

The prosecution allege Baroness Warsi was ridiculed by a group of Muslim men.

'Planned and deliberate'

The then Shadow Minister for Community Cohesion and Social action was accompanying Nigel Huddleston, the Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Luton South, and business representatives on a tour of the Bury Park area.

Prosecutor Peter Ratliff said: "The Baroness's group was confronted by a group of Muslim men.

"The Crown suggest the confrontation was planned and deliberate.

"The men shouted abuse calling her 'supporters of murderers' and 'unislamic'."

Mr Ratliff said two or three eggs were thrown at the Baroness, one of which broke on her face.

The trial continues.

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