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Eddie Izzard And Jim Murphy Forced To Flee Glasgow Rally As Nationalists Chant 'Red Tories Out'

04/05/2015 13:04 BST | Updated 04/05/2015 21:59 BST

Eddie Izzard has condemned "aggressive, violent" Scottish Nationalists who forced him and Jim Murphy to abandon a rally in Glasgow.

In what one journalist described as "absolute chaos", the leader of Scottish Labour initially tried to deal with the protesters, who shouted "Red Tories out!" but he and Izzard escaped into a waiting car when the noise became too much to overcome.

The protesters, some waving SNP leaflets, shouted that Murphy was a "traitor" and a "war mongerer".

Footage shot by Channel 4 News reporter Alex Thomson shows Murphy surrounded by supporters before he fled.

BBC Scotland's James Cook described the scene of the pair trying to deal with the protesters as "absolute chaos".

Izzard said afterwards: "It's OK having different opinions, but everyone should be able to put their opinion forward. This aggressive, this violent emotion, why violence?

"Don't have violence, we should just put our point of view forward and then everyone makes their choice on Thursday."

The comedian added: "This is democracy, it's all about voting. They should let the democratic process happen, it's called democracy, we're putting forward a point of view, we're asking people to vote Labour and they're scared of these words being heard.

"Why are they scared of that? Let everyone have their say. It's called democracy."

Murphy added: "This sort of aggressive nationalism should have no place in our election.

"We've got a few days until we can kick David Cameron out of office, a few days to change our country forever and we won't be silenced by this form of aggressive nationalism, it's anti-democratic."

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A protester holds a sign by Murphy

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Up close and personal

Channel 4's Alex Thomson asked the protesters who told him they were "socialists" and "nationalists". He said the disruption was down to a small group of them.

Tom Gordon, the Scottish political editor of the Sunday Herald, said the event was good for Labour, as it "made the opposition look demented on TV".

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