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‘If you experienced that, how would you feel?’ Rehman Chishti tells MPs of racial abuse he received on election night

PUBLISHED: 16:27 13 July 2017

Rehman Chishti

Rehman Chishti

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Kent Police launched an investigation into a report of a racially aggravated public order offence last month

The “culture” in the campaign for last month’s general election was the worst it has been in years, according to a Kent MP.

In a Westminster debate on abuse and intimidation, Rehman Chishti spoke for the first time after he was the subject of a racial attack on election night.

Mr Chishti secured 27,091 votes on June 8 - almost 10,000 more than his closest rival, Labour’s Andy Stamp - to retain the Gillingham and Rainham seat he has held since 2010.

However, throughout his acceptance speech at Medway Park Leisure Centre, he appeared to be booed and jeered by some activists, and officers subsequently launched a probe following a report of a racially aggravated public order offence.

Speaking this week, after declining to comment when the police investigation was first opened, Mr Chishti said: “When I stood up to make my acceptance speech and to thank all the electorate after a very difficult election — the culture in the election campaign was one of the most difficult that I have experienced — I had an activist say in public, ‘f*** off back to country X’.

“The matter has been referred to the Kent police. They are investigating it under public order and racism, so let them do their job.

“I ask each and every Member here: if you experienced that, how would you feel?”

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