MP Marie Rimmer given assault trial date

St Helens South's MP Marie Rimmer will stand trial on assault charges in November
St Helens South's MP Marie Rimmer will stand trial on assault charges in November
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Court proceedings against St Helens MP Marie Rimmer, who is accused of attacking a Scottish independence campaigner, have been adjourned.

Ms Rimmer, 68, will now stand trial on the charge in Scotland on Wednesday, November 25.

The Labour Party veteran, who is also the former leader of St Helens Council, denies kicking Patricia McLeish in the shin at Shettleson Community Centre while out campaigning during the run-up to the Scottish referendum vote last year.

An earlier trial was dropped in August because of a {http://www.sthelensreporter.co.uk/news/local/assault-case-collapses-against-mp-1-7391408 |legal technicality|}.

Ms Rimmer was elected as St Helens South’s MP with the assault rap hanging over her.

She sparked criticism last week by accepting a role on the House of Commons Justice Select while the assault case is still proceeding.

However, she isn’t the first prominent St Helens politician to find themselves in trouble with law.

Another former council leader Brian Spencer - a Liberal Democrat and regular sparring partner of Ms Rimmer in the council chamber for many years - was found guilty of attacking a Labour candidate on election night in 2012.