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Jeremy Corbyn's egg attacker jailed for 28 days

A BREXIT supporter who yelled “respect the vote” as he struck Jeremy Corbyn while clutching an egg was jailed for 28 days yesterday.

The Labour leader has been forced to review his security after the attack in his constituency.

John Murphy’s assault on March 3 came less than a week after Labour announced it would support a second referendum on EU membership.

Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot acknowledged the “current climate” as she jailed remorseless Murphy, 31, of Barnet, north-west London, after he admitted a charge of assault by beating.

She told Westminster magistrates’ court: “An attack like this is an attack on our democratic process.”

Ms Arbuthnot had warned she wanted to send the message that “attacks on our MPs must stop” and noted Mr Corbyn has been forced to review his security, which could hinder his ability to meet voters.

Mr Corbyn, in a statement read to the court, said he was “shocked and surprised” by the attack, which saw Murphy’s hand connect with the Islington North MP’s head and leaving a red mark.


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