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Month in jail for thug who struck Jeremy Corbyn with an egg

Prison: Murphy claims his
rights were denied PICTURE: CENTRAL

A BREXIT supporter who yelled ‘respect the vote’ as he egged Jeremy Corbyn has been jailed for 28 days.

John Murphy, 31, admitted attacking the Labour leader during a visit to a mosque in his Islington North constituency. Mr Corbyn has been forced to review his security following the March 3 attack, which came less than a week after his party said it would support a second referendum on EU membership.

‘Attack on democracy’: CCTV footage shows Murphy approaching the Labour leader and reaching over to smash an egg into the side of his head, yelling ‘respect the vote’, before being restrained by security


Mr Corbyn was ‘shocked and surprised’, Westminster magistrates’ court heard.

He stated he was determined to ‘interact with people as I always have’, but would ‘now have to be more cautious’.

Mosque: Corbyn visit before attack PICTURE: GETTY

Murphy, from Barnet, north-west London, admitted assault by beating. Prosecutor Kevin Christie said Mr Corbyn had just sat down at the Muslim Welfare Centre when ‘he felt a strike to the right side of his forehead’ and heard a male shouting. He then saw a ‘very aggressive’ Murphy being held, his face ‘contorted’ with rage. Jailing Murphy, chief magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said ‘attacks on our MPs must stop’. She added: ‘An attack like this is an attack on our democratic process.’

Malik Aldeiri, in mitigation, said Murphy ‘believes his civil rights were violated and this was a demonstration by him against what he says is a failure by parliament to adhere to his democratic vote’. The freelance events promoter told the court he was ‘perfectly happy to go to jail’.