MP bid thrown into doubt by assault rap

Marie Rimmer.
Marie Rimmer.

Ex-council leader Marie Rimmer’s bid to become St Helens’ next MP has been thrown into jeopardy after she was charged with assault.

The West Park councillor was arrested and charged over an alleged bust-up as she campaigned against Scottish independence.

She was among a number of high-profile Labour figures to make the journey north of the border on Thursday to bolster the no campaign.

Coun Rimmer, who won the nomination to stand as Labour’s next candidate in St Helens South at the next general election, was held following a shuffle at a polling station.

The incident is believed to have taken place at lunchtime on Thursday in the Shettleston area of Glasgow.

She was campaigning along with a host of other Labour politicians - including council boss Barrie Grunewald - as part of the no campaign.

Coun Rimmer was deposed as council leader earlier this year and has been a councillor for almost 30 years.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “Police Scotland can confirm that a 61-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with an alleged assault on a female in an incident at the Shettleston Community centre in Amulree Street, Glasgow at around 1pm today.

“A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.”

A Labour North West spokesperson, said: “We’re looking at this closely and take it very seriously, but whilst there are ongoing legal proceedings we can’t comment any further.”

Coun Rimmer was unavailable for comment.