Warsi egg-thrower jailed

By politics.co.uk staff

A protestor who threw eggs at senior Conservative Muslim Sayeeda WArsi in Luton has been jailed for six weeks.

Gavin Reid, of Green Close, Luton, was sentenced at City of Westminster magistrates court for an offence under the Public Order Act.

He had pelted eggs at the Tory peer while on a walkabout with Luton South’s Conservative candidate Nigel Huddleston last November in Luton’s Bury Park area.

Mr Huddleston failed to win the seat from Labour candidate Gavin Shuker in the 2010 general election.

Reid, 23, was told by magistrate Elizabeth Roscoe that throwing eggs went beyond “legitimate political protest”.

In addition to being disorderly, she added, “it is also threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour”.

Baroness Warsi, now the chair of the Conservative party, was shouted at in the incident by a group of young men. She was called “unislamic” and a “supporter of murderers”, prosecutor claimed.