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Brexit supporter admits assaulting Jeremy Corbyn with an egg

A Brexit supporter who egged Jeremy Corbyn while yelling "respect the vote" has admitted an assault charge.

John Murphy, 31, smacked the Labour leader with an egg after he visited a mosque in his Islington North constituency.

Mr Corbyn was "shocked and surprised" by the attack, which has prompted his team to work on increasing his security, Westminster Magistrates' Court heard on Monday.

Murphy, of Whetstone, north-west London, was warned by Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot that he may be jailed for assault to send a clear message that "attacks on MPs must stop".

Prosecutor Kevin Christie said Mr Corbyn was with Labour shadow home secretary Diane Abbott at the Muslim Welfare Centre in north London after visiting the Finsbury Park Mosque on March 3.

Mr Corbyn took off his shoes and sat down next to his wife Laura Alvarez and a group of people who seemed to be "in great spirits".

"Suddenly, he felt a strike to the right side of his forehead and then realised someone had reached over his right shoulder and struck him," Mr Christie said.

"As he was struck he heard a male voice shouting: 'Respect the vote."' Mr Corbyn had left the room to wash himself when he realised he had been struck by an egg.

Murphy continued to shout "respect the vote" while being restrained by staff. Mr Corbyn, who was largely uninjured but left with a red mark, noted Murphy's face was "contorted" with rage and he appeared "very aggressive".