Yolk’s on Farage as protesters scramble in Notts

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UKIP leader Nigel Farage was hit by an egg thrown by a protester as he arrived on a campaign visit today.

Mr Farage arrived in Nottingham to rally support for his East Midlands candidates for the European elections, but as he got out of a car in the city centre he was hit by the egg.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is hit by an egg as he gets out of his car in Nottingham city centre. Below, John Prescott and Ed Miliband get the same treatment.

UKIP leader Nigel Farage is hit by an egg as he gets out of his car in Nottingham city centre. Below, John Prescott and Ed Miliband get the same treatment.

He quickly got back into the car which drove off leaving supporters behind.

The man who threw the egg was holding a placard which said: “Ukip ... sad, scared, old men.”

The egg hit Mr Farage on his left shoulder.

The protester, who gave his name as Fred from Nottingham, said he carried out the attack because he does not agree with Ukip policies.

Ed Miliband after he was pelted with eggs in 2013

Ed Miliband after he was pelted with eggs in 2013

He was put into a patrol car by police and driven away.

Mr Farage then went to the Bell Inn near the city’s town hall and ordered a pint of Robin Hood beer.

Nottinghamshire Police later confirmed a man from the city has been arrested on suspicion of assault.

A force spokeswoman said: “Police were called to a report of an assault in Wheeler Gate, Nottingham, at 1.30pm today. A 33-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and is in police custody.”

John Prescott being hit by an egg in 2003

John Prescott being hit by an egg in 2003

Mr Farage is just the latest politician to be pelted with an egg. Here are some of the others who have had their policies confronted with a protein protest:

• Nick Griffin - The BNP leader had to be bundled into his car by a bodyguard after being struck with an egg in the run-up to the local and European elections in June 2009. It meant Griffin had to abandon a press conference outside the Houses of Parliament after protesters barracked him.

• George Galloway - Despite being mobbed by supporters, others armed with eggs could have been accused of showing a lack of Respect to the MP following his controversial victory in the Bradford West by-election in March 2012.

• Ruth Kelly - The then-Education Secretary had been due to give evidence against a Fathers 4 Justice campaigner in February 2006. But the Labour MP for Bolton West was struck with an egg as she left Salford Magistrates’ Court.

• David Cameron - The Prime Minister has a long association with Cornwall, enhanced by the Duchy being the birthplace of and etymological inspiration for daughter Florence Rose Endellion in August 2010. But it was a trip to a college in the Devon-facing town of Saltash four months earlier which left the premier with less favourable memories - and an egg stain on his shirt.

• John Prescott - The man once dubbed Thumper to Tony Blair’s Bambi lived up to his nickname as the Deputy Prime Minister landed a left hook on a protester in Rhyl, Wales, during a Labour rally in May 2001. The Labour grandee became embroiled in the scuffle after he was struck with an egg.

• Ed Miliband - The Labour leader tried to laugh off the embarrassment as he was pelted with eggs during a campaign visit to south London last August. He said: “This is not the first time it’s happened to me, I’m sure it’s not the last.”