A LABOUR MP has been charged with attacking a woman at a polling station weeks after a previous trial collapsed after an apparent blunder by prosecutors.

Marie Rimmer, 68, allegedly assaulted Patricia McLeish at the entrance to Shettleston Community Centre in Glasgow’s East End last year, on the day of the independence referendum.

The MP for St Helen’s in Merseyside also faces a charge of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner on September 18, by repeatedly approaching campaign volunteers and by pointing her finger in the face of Dennis Ashcroft.

She is alleged to have repeatedly approached Miss McLeish in an aggressive manner.

The case against Rimmer called yesterday almost exactly a year after the alleged incident at Glasgow Sheriff Court where she was not present.

A letter from her solicitor asked for the matter to be continued and the sheriff granted the request and continued the case without any plea being entered, until next month.

Rimmer went on trial last month accused of assault.

But, the case collapsed midway through after sheriff Brian Adair noticed the word “Glasgow” had not been listed on the charge.