Labour MP hit in the face with a brick by attacker on motorcycle
The MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak, said he was suffering from a “very sore & swollen face” after being attacked on Greenford Road in Kings Heath on Monday night. He says he has reported the incident to police.
Tonight nursing a very sore&swollen face. I was struck with a brick by a motorbike thug in Greenford Rd. Have given full statement to police pic.twitter.com/lHXGsA7xhP— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) July 31, 2017
McCabe, 61, posted a picture of his injured face on Twitter and the people he believes are responsible.
“Tonight nursing a very sore & swollen face,” he tweeted. “I was struck with a brick by a motorbike thug in Greenford Road. Have given a full statement to police.”
Alongside two pictures of men on bikes dresses in grey and wearing helmets that obscured their faces, he wrote: “Sure somebody recognizes these two. All I need are names & addresses. Send them to me anonymously & I’ll do the rest with police.”
Sure somebody recognises these two. All I need are names & addresses. Send them to me anonymously & I'll do the rest with the police pic.twitter.com/NIborj7Uj8— Steve McCabe (@steve_mccabe) July 31, 2017
It is not clear whether McCabe was targeted because of his job. However, politicians have reported in recent months that they increasingly have to contend with abuse, including death threats.
McCabe was flooded with messages of support from politicians across the political spectrum. Former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith wrote: “You poor thing. Hope they catch him. Take it easy.”
Jo Swinson, deputy Liberal Democrat leader, tweeted: “Horrific! Hope they catch them asap. TLC, hope you feel better soon.”
Fellow Labour MP Angela Rayner described the incident as “shocking,” adding: “That really could have been a lot worse! I really hope the police find the culprit.”
Another Labour MP Mary Creagh said she was sending “every good wish to my friend and colleague Steve McCabe after this horrible news.”
Sending every good wish to my friend and colleague Steve McCabe after this horrible news. https://t.co/VYycrlwtn5— Mary Creagh (@MaryCreaghMP) July 31, 2017
A West Midlands Police spokesperson said the incident is being investigated.
“Although the injuries sustained are minor, this kind of behavior is not acceptable and the matter is being dealt with seriously,” the spokesperson said.