Man charged with Clegg paint attack

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A man appeared in court charged with assault today after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg was splattered with blue paint at a meeting of members of his party.

The Liberal Democrat leader was splashed with paint during talks with grassroots representatives in Glasgow last night.

Mr Clegg later made light of the incident, saying it was "no big deal".

This afternoon, Stuart Rodger, 22, from Inverkeithing, Fife, appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court in connection with the alleged attack.

He faces charges of assault by throwing an egg with paint in it at Mr Clegg and three police officers.

Rodger is accused of throwing the egg which struck Mr Clegg "on the body" in Glenfarg Street, Glasgow, yesterday.

Rodger made no plea and no declaration and was granted bail.

The case was continued for further examination and a date is yet to be set.

Mr Clegg was at the meeting at Woodside Hall in the west of the city as part of a tour of the UK.