A man is to appear in court today charged with common assault after UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage was struck by an egg during a campaign visit.

Frederick Glenister, 33, will appear before magistrates in Nottingham in connection with the incident on May 1.

Mr Farage was egged as he arrived in Nottingham to rally support in the East Midlands for Ukip candidates in the European elections.

The politician quickly got back into his chauffeur-driven car, abandoning a planned walkabout in the city, and went to a nearby pub, the Bell Inn, where he spoke to media and supporters over a pint of Robin Hood Ale.

Glenister, of Radford, Nottingham, is currently on police bail.

He will appear at Nottingham Magistrates' Court this morning.