LABOUR'S Warrington North parliamentary candidate Charlotte Nichols has been left ‘heartbroken’ after a volunteer was assaulted while delivering leaflets.

She tweeted to inform her followers about the incident in Birchwood this afternoon, Wednesday.

“Heartbroken to hear from one of my volunteers who has been assaulted today, in broad daylight, while delivering leaflets,” said Ms Nichols.

But the politician says she is grateful to Cheshire Police, which is dealing with the matter, and called on candidates and supporters from all parties to condemn the act of ‘cowardice’.



Tory Warrington North candidate Wendy Maisey has reached out to her political rival.

She tweeted: "That’s dreadful, very sorry to hear that Charlotte and a reminder of the position we all put ourselves in day in day out."

Alison McGovern, who is standing to be re-elected as Labour MP for Wirral South, said it was a terrible act and should not happen to anyone.

Ms Nichols, 28, has since e-mailed all volunteers in the constituency about safety.

She said: “I don’t want to frighten anyone but I want you to be aware of an incident that happened this afternoon where one of our volunteers was assaulted by a member of the public while out delivering leaflets.

“They are okay and the incident has been logged with the police who are taking it very seriously.

“In light of this, I want to underline that our absolute priority in this campaign is the safety and wellbeing of all of our volunteers.

“Please can everyone take steps to ensure their safety, including not leafleting alone where this is possible, not taking any risks if you feel unsafe, and contacting the police, and myself, with any issues.

“I hope this will be an isolated incident and I’m sure everyone will join me in sending the volunteer affected their best wishes.”

Cheshire Police has confirmed it received a report of an assault outside a property, on Warrington Road, at around 1.10pm.

A spokesman added: "Officers have spoken to the victim, a 50-year-old man from the town.

"He was shaken up but had not sustained any injuries."

Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.