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Green Party MLA reveals she was attacked during taxi journey

Clare Bailey of the Green Party revealed she was punched in the face. Picture by Hugh Russell

A SOUTH Belfast assembly member has revealed she was attacked during a taxi journey home this week.

Green Party MLA Clare Bailey claimed she was punched in the face during the assault. In a message posted on social media, Ms Bailey said she had been on her way home on Tuesday night when the attack happened.

"On my way home. Taxi stopped," she wrote on Twitter.

"W***** passenger intent on being a w*****.

"After a few punches in the face he claimed I needed a husband to sort me out."

It remained unclear last night if Ms Bailey knew her attacker or if she had been sharing a taxi with a stranger.

She did not respond to messages from the Irish News last night about what had happened during her ordeal.

Ms Bailey later removed the post from her Twitter account and added another message telling her online followers that she was "absolutely fine".

"Thank you for all the messages," she said.

"Just want to say that I am absolutely fine and please don't worry.

"A little overwhelmed for sure but honestly grand. Happy Christmas."

Her message about the attack was greeted with dozens of messages of concern.

One woman said: "Horrible experience. Hope you’re OK", while another added: "He picked on the wrong woman".

Another follower said: "Should never have happened".

A Green Party spokeswoman was also unable to say anything, but said Ms Bailey had been "been in touch to let us know she's fine".

When asked by the Irish News if police were investigating an attack on Ms Bailey, a PSNI spokeswoman said: "We cannot find any record of this incident being reported".

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