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Calls to step up Corbyn security after Finsbury Park egg attack

Police are urged to take incident ‘seriously’ after Labour leader was hit during visit to mosque

08 March, 2019 — By Emily Finch

Jeremy Corbyn at the mosque. ‘To attack Jeremy, who has fought hatred, is very serious,’ said mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar

CALLS have been made to improve security around Jeremy Corbyn after he was attacked during a visit to a mosque in Finsbury Park on Sunday.

The Labour Party leader has spent decades attending community events while serving as MP for Islington North without being flanked by security staff or police officers

Finsbury Park mosque chairman Mohammed Kozbar said Mr Corbyn had left the mosque and was at nearby Muslim Welfare House when he was hit with an egg.

He spent time at the two mosques in his constituency during the annual “Visit my Mosque” day when hundreds of buildings throughout the country open their doors to the public.

Shadow home secretary Diane Abbott, who was with the Islington North MP at the time, wrote on Twitter: “But it could have been a knife. Horrible.”

London Assembly member for Islington Jennette Arnold, a friend of Mr Corbyn for 35 years, was “shocked” to learn about the attack.

She told the Tribune: “He’s the leader of my political party and leader of Her Majesty’s Opposition.

“It seemed to me that maybe security around him needs to be looked at. It shouldn’t happen again.”

Mr Kozbar urged police to take the incident “seriously”.

He said the attack had been an attempt “to tarnish the event”.

“To do it in a place of worship is not acceptable,” he added.

“We invite everyone openly, but to use this opportunity to attack a person like Jeremy, who has fought all his life against racism and hatred, is very serious.”

Mr Kozbar pointed out that the Labour MP supported “all faiths”, adding: “This is not the way he should be treated.”

Green councillor Caroline Russell, who was with Mr Corbyn just before the attack, said: “It’s really worrying that a friendly community event which showed the diversity of Islington at its very best should be marred by an attack on the leader of the Opposition.”]

Worshippers from Muslim Welfare House, in Seven Sisters Road, were mowed down in an anti-Muslim terrorist attack by Darren Osborne in June 2017 in which one man died.

During his trial the court was told that Osborne left a note calling Mr Corbyn a “terrorist sympathiser”.

Mr Corbyn’s office would not comment on what happened on Sunday.

John Murphy, 31, from Barnet, has been charged with assault by beating. He is due to appear at Highbury Magistrates’ Court on March 19.

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