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Brian Coleman to be tried for assault and careless driving

Brian Coleman arrives at court on 5 November 2012
Image caption Brian Coleman will face trial in February

The former mayor of a London borough will go on trial on charges of assault by beating and careless driving.

Former Barnet mayor Brian Coleman, 51, pleaded not guilty to the charges at Uxbridge Magistrates' Court earlier.

Mr Coleman was arrested following an incident in Finchley High Road, north London, on 20 September.

He was suspended from the Conservative Party, pending the outcome of his court case. His trial has been listed for 6 February.

Barnet Council confirmed that he remained a councillor.

A motion to replace him on a number of committees will be decided by the full council at a meeting on Tuesday.

Mr Coleman lost his seat in May's London Assembly elections, after 12 years at City Hall.

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