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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 21 March 2019

Jeremy Corbyn hit by egg during visit to mosque

Man arrested after attack on UK opposition leader

Britain's opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is greeted by young women and red roses during a visit to Finsbury Park Mosque, on Visit My Mosque day, in London. Reuters
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, is greeted by young women and red roses during a visit to Finsbury Park Mosque, on Visit My Mosque day, in London. Reuters

A man was arrested after British opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was hit by an egg while on a visit in his north London constituency on Sunday.

A Labour Party source said Corbyn was visiting a mosque and Muslim welfare centre on Sunday and was unharmed.

"A 41-year-old man was quickly detained by officers on scene and arrested on suspicion of assault," the Metropolitan Police said. "He is currently in custody at a north London police station."

British media reported the arrested man was a pro-Brexit campaigner.

On Thursday, Mr Corbyn said Labour would back a new referendum on Brexit after parliament defeated its alternative plan for leaving the EU.

Updated: March 4, 2019 04:06 AM

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