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  • 30 August 2014, 13:25

George Galloway's 'Jaw Broken' In Street Attack

George Galloway was taken to hospital suffering a suspected broken jaw after he was allegedly attacked on a London street.

The Respect MP was posing for photographs in Goldborne Road, Notting Hill, when a man allegedly shouted comments about the Holocaust before attacking him.

A spokesman for Mr Gallowaytold Sky News the Bradford West MP suffered a suspected broken jaw, a suspected broken rib, and severe bruising to his face and head.

The politician was taken to St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, but then was released on Saturday morning.

A 39-year-old man arrested on suspicion of assault occasioning actual bodily harm remained in custody, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

He said: "The victim of the assault was taken to a central London hospital for treatment to his injuries. He was discharged from hospital this morning, Saturday 30 August."

Mr Galloway's spokesman said: "George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him.

"It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust."

Mr Galloway has caused controversy in the past by making comments about Israel.

In 2013 he was accused of racism when he walked out of a debate at Oxford University after discovering his opponent was Israeli.

"I have been misled, sorry," he said, adding: "I don't recognise Israel and I don't debate with Israelis."

In 2008 a man was arrested and cautioned by police after Mr Galloway was hit with a rubber stress ball as he was campaigning in an open-top bus in London.

In 2012 a protester tried to pelt MrGalloway with eggs following his by-election victory in West Bradford.

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