A 23-YEAR-OLD man is in jail after being found guilty of pelting eggs at a Tory peer.
Dewsbury-born Baroness Warsi, now chairman of the Conservative Party, was visiting Luton last November when she was attacked.
Gavin Reid, of Green Close, Luton, was sentenced to six weeks in prison at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court yesterday after being found guilty of an offence under the Public Order Act.
Magistrate Elizabeth Roscoe said: “Throwing eggs goes beyond legitimate political protest and is quite clearly disorderly behaviour and it is also threatening, abusive and insulting behaviour.”
The court heard Baroness Warsi was confronted by a group of men who hurled abuse and she was then targeted with eggs – one of which smashed and soiled her jacket and hair.
Then shadow minister for community cohesion and social action, she was touring the Bury Park area with a Tory election candidate when the incident happened on November 30.
The district judge told Reid: “It was quite clearly you, and that has been conceded, that threw an egg at Baroness Warsi.”