Brian Coleman in court

Brian Coleman pleaded not guilty to charges of assault Photo: ITV News

Six months ago he was one of London's most high profile politicians, but today Brian Coleman was in the dock. The Conservative councillor from Barnet arrived at Uxbridge magistrates court for his first appearance on an assault charge.

It's alleged that on September 20th he attacked cafe owner Helen Michael as she snapped shots of his illegally parked car on her camera phone.

Today he pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, and driving without reasonable care.

Mr Coleman was suspended from the national Conservative party last week over the allegations.

Until earlier this year, the 51 year old was the chairman of the capital's fire authority, appointed by and reporting to the Mayor Boris Johnson. But in the election in May he lost his seat on the London Assembly and with it his role overseeing the fire service.

Brian Coleman leaving court in Uxbridge today Credit: ITV News

Coleman, who is also a former Mayor of Barnet, wore a pin stripe suit and light blue tie, he spoke only to confirm his name and to say that he understood the charges.

He was remanded on bail and will stand trial in February.