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Openly gay MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle attacked in Brighton

Lloyd Russell-Moyle was shooting an interview with ITV News when the attacker assaulted him

By Steve Brown

An openly gay Labour MP was attacked in the streets of Brighton.

Lloyd Russell-Moyle was elected to represent the Brighton Kemptown constituency in the 2017 general election and on World Aids Day last year, the politician revealed he is living with HIV.

However, while filming for ITV News in his constituency, the MP was attacked by a man who hurled abuse at him and required three men to prise the attacker of him.

Taking to Twitter, Russell-Moyle blamed the attack on Prime Minister Theresa May claiming she has ‘whipped up fear and division’ following her Brexit speech.

He wrote: “I was out today in the street of Kemptown with @itvnews, a vast majority want to remain and have a final say vote on deal vs remain.

“Unfortunately, at the end of the day a man came up and started shouting at the TV crew and me. Saying MPs are the problems & we are traitors.

“He tried to assault me, grabbed & bent my glasses and for a moment I thought he was going to hit me. 3 grown men had to prise him off me.

“This is not normal, I’m representing my constituents but @theresa_may has whipped up fear and division with her speech last night.

“A minory will fall for hate or division of May but attack’s like this afternoons will not make me frit.

“Only by standing up & not pandering will we gain decency for our nation.

“One way to stand up to fear is to join the march on Saturday & demand a #FinalSay and @Another_Europe”