MP Bob Stewart, 73, charged over ‘racially aggravated abuse’

Colonel Bob Stewart MP speaking in the Palace of Westminster in London at the launch of a campaign to raise funds to bring a case against John Downey, "chief suspect" in the IRA bombing in Hyde Park in 1982. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday April 25, 2017. See PA story POLITICS HydePark. Photo credit should read: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

VETERAN Tory MP Colonel Bob Stewart was today charged by cops over two public order offences.

The MP was charged with one count of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour and the offence was racially aggravated.

Colonel Bob Stewart MP was today charged with two public order offences

And the Met also charged him with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress. 

The incident in question was alleged to have taken place in December last year in leafy Belgravia.

Colonel Bob will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, 5 July.

The MP, 73, was elected to represent Beckenham in 2010.

Before joining parliament he served as a British Army officer and was a United Nations commander in Bosnia.

In December last year the Evening Standard reported that a complaint made by Sayed Ahmed Alwadaei, the director of the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Bird).

The pair were allegedly involved in a consultation outside a reception hosted by the Bahraini embassy at the Foreign Office.

The MP reportedly told the human rights activist to “go back to Bahrain” and to “get stuffed”.

He later admitted he regretted the comments but insisted he was “not being racist in any way”.

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