Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Man charged with Clegg paint attack

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

A man has appeared in court charged with assault after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was splattered with blue paint at a meeting of members of his party.

The Liberal Democrat leader was splashed with paint during talks with grassroots representatives in Glasgow on Thursday night.

Mr Clegg later made light of the incident, saying it was "no big deal".

Stuart Rodger, 22, from Inverkeithing, Fife, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court in connection with the alleged attack.

He faces charges of assault by throwing an egg with paint in it at Mr Clegg and three police officers.

Rodger is accused of throwing the egg which struck Mr Clegg "on the body" in Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, on Thursday.

Rodger made no plea and no declaration and was granted bail.

The case was continued for further examination and a date is yet to be set.

Mr Clegg was at the meeting at Woodside Hall in the west of the city as part of a tour of the UK.

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