The Peterborough MP Stewart Jackson has criticised the sentence given to a man found guilty of attacking him.
20-year-old Ivans Karanovs was vandalising a bus shelter in Broadway in the town when the Conservative MP tried to perform a citizen's arrest. Karanovs, who was drunk, then kung-fu kicked Mr Jackson, who was with his family at the time.
Karanovs was charged with criminal damage, a public order offence and common assault. At the time of the assault on Mr Jackson the Latvian was already under a conditional discharge for assaulting a security guard.
Yesterday magistrates in Peterborough ruled that Karanovs was "turning his life around". He was given a suspended sentence and was ordered to pay £200 in compensation. Mr Jackson described the sentence as "wholly inadequate", and said it was not surprising people were "losing faith in the criminal justice system".