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Police investigating ‘racial abuse’ against Gillingham and Rainham MP Rehman Chishti

PUBLISHED: 16:23 13 June 2017 | UPDATED: 16:23 13 June 2017

Rehman Chishti

Rehman Chishti

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The Conservative retained his seat at last week’s general election with 27,091 votes

Police are investigating claims Rehman Chishti was racially abused as he was re-elected MP for Gillingham and Rainham last week.

Heckles could be heard as the Conservative took to the stage for his acceptance speech in the early hours of Friday morning, and it is alleged he was verbally abused by someone at the count at Medway Park Leisure Centre.

The MP secured 27,091 votes - almost 10,000 more than his closest rival, Labour’s Andy Stamp - in last week’s general election, to retain the seat he has held since 2010.

A police spokesperson said: “Kent Police is investigating a report of a racially aggravated public order offence at around 4.15am on Friday June 9at the Medway Park Leisure Centre in Mill Road, Gillingham.

“Nobody has been arrested at this stage and enquiries are on-going.”

In his speech on the night, Mr Chishti took a swipe at his opponents, saying: “I know the Labour party do not believe in a democratic process, but the heckling and the shouting will not deter the result we have today, the result which has been determined by the great people of Gillingham and Rainham.

“I will do what I have done over the last seven years as a hardworking, committed, talented member of parliament, giving my constituency all I can, so once again I want to thank the great people of Gillingham and Rainham.

“I want to ensure that, working with our Conservative colleagues, every citizen can achieve their full potential.”

Mr Chishti was contacted for further comment but was unavailable.

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