Marie Rimmer, Labour MP, Cleared Of Scottish Independence Supporter Assault Charge

Rimmer said McLeish attacked her for being a “red Tory” whose party had “wrecked the NHS”.

She then walked away, claiming Rimmer had kicked her, the MP said.

The MP said she was “shocked” and there had been no physical contact.

McLeish, who gave her evidence earlier this year, claimed Rimmer approached her and aggressively stared at her without speaking.

She said the assault was unprovoked.

Rimmer left the polling station but was arrested when she later returned

McLeish said she told police she did not want to press charges but officers said they had been instructed to take a zero-tolerance policy for incidents that day.

Sheriff Kenneth Hogg questioned why the case had even come to court and said he was “disappointed” that police officers were not allowed to use discretion on the day of the referendum.

Speaking outside court after the verdict, Rimmer told reporters: “I’m delighted to have been acquitted by the sheriff… I was only elected last year and it’s been very difficult going to Westminster with this charge round my neck.

“I’m absolutely delighted, drained, but delighted.”

She added: “I know what happened that day. I’m clear what happened that day.

“I’ve been acquitted today. I just want to get on with life now. I’ve answered the charges.”

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