A Tory councillor could be facing a massive bill for replacement dentures — after being accused of striking an elderly UKIP candidate in the face.

Cllr Penny Jackman was arrested on suspicion of the assault of 75 year-old Mike Beggs but not charged — so her ‘victim’ is pursuing a civil case after claiming damage to his four tooth bridge and sleepless nights.

Cllr Jackman refused to quit her role on New Forest District Council and tried to describe the incident as a private matter — despite it occurring at an, errrr, local by-election count in front of shocked observers:

“I really regret my outburst. I wish I hadn’t done it.”

A two day hearing scheduled for today has been delayed because no judge was available.

Perhaps a good case for Michael Gove to cite in his new crusade against judicial waste?