Philip Hayes accused of racially abusing MP Luciana Berger

Philip Hayes Mr Hayes is due in court next month

A Merseyside music promoter has been charged with racially abusing Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger.

Philip Hayes, 53, is accused of making anti-semitic remarks against Ms Berger after the Liverpool Music Awards on 17 November.

It is alleged to have happened in Renshaw Street as VIPs, including the Labour MP, made their way to a post-show event at the Philharmonic Hall.

Mr Hayes is due before Liverpool Magistrates on 9 January.

He is the owner of The Picket music venue, which launched bands like The La's, Space and The Wombats.

Merseyside Police said the allegations are being investigated by Sigma, the force's dedicated hate crime unit.

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