MPs including Naz Shah and Peter Bone speak out about abuse threats

MPs speak out about abuse threats as Naz Shah reveals she had a ‘morbid conversationwith her children about what would happen if she was killed

  • Nearly three quarters of MPs have been threatened with physical harm, 채널 4 investigation reveaals
  • One in three women MPs have been intimidated with sexual violence, amid heightened fears over safety
  • Labour MP Kim Leadbeater, the sister of murdered Jo Cox, has looked into the threats for the programme
  • Latest discussion around the safety of MPs was triggered by murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess
  • DispatchesMPs Under Threat airs on Channel 4 tonight at 7.30pm
  • Nearly three quarters of MPs have been threatened with physical harm while one in three women MPs have been intimidated with sexual violence, an investigation revealed today amid heightened fears over politicians’ 칼끝에서.

    Labour MP Kim Leadbeaterthe sister of Jo Cox, who was murdered outside her constituency surgery in West Yorkshire in 2016 – has looked into the threats faced by MPs for a 채널 4 Dispatches probe due to air tonight.

    The latest discussion around the safety of politicians was triggered by the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was stabbed to death last October while meeting his constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, 에 섹스.

    Nearly all of the 60 MPs spoken to by Batley and Spen MP Ms Leadbeater for the documentaryon at 7.30pm tonightsaid they had received abusive or threatening messages. Among the revelations from MPs were:

    • Naz Shah telling of ‘morbid conversationswith her children about what would happen if she is killed;
    • Peter Bone revealing how a ‘Scottish revolutionary groupcarried out a mock execution of his son online;
    • Police having to track down a man who was threatening to break into ex-MP Heidi Allen’s bedroom at home;
    • Former Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan saying she suffered ‘death threats but also sexual threatsin office.

    Ms Leadbeater said she had to be more conscious of her safety once she was elected in July last year, and spoke about her shock at Sir David’s murder, for which Islamic State fanatic Ali Harbi Ali was given a whole-life sentence .

    She said ‘I do carry panic alarms, and alarms with me in a way that I never, ever thought I would. I wouldn’t feel safe without thatWhen David Amess was killed. It was a real shock. I think there was a sense of disbelief as well, 그는 BBC 라디오 4의 투데이 프로그램에, in political circles, 그, '세상에, how could this happen again? Not that long after Jo was killed.’ ‘

    Labour's Naz Shah

    Tory MP Peter Bone

    Labour’s Naz Shah (왼쪽) told of having ‘morbid conversationswith her children about what would happen if she was killed, while Tory MP Peter Bone (권리) revealed how a ‘Scottish revolutionary groupcarried out a mock execution of his son online

    Former MP Heidi Allen

    Ex-Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan

    Police had to track down a man who was threatening to break into former MP Heidi Allen (왼쪽)’s bedroom at home, while ex-Cabinet minister Nicky Morgan (권리) said she suffered ‘death threats but also sexual threatswhile in office

    Kim Leadbeater (두 번째 왼쪽) speaks to politicians Peter Bone (맨 왼쪽), 그들은 이제 경찰을 더 두려워하고 덜 신뢰하며 새로운 조치가 아무런 차이가 없을 것이라고 믿습니다. (두 번째 오른쪽) and Naz Shah (맨 오른쪽)

    Kim Leadbeater (두 번째 왼쪽) speaks to politicians Peter Bone (맨 왼쪽), 그들은 이제 경찰을 더 두려워하고 덜 신뢰하며 새로운 조치가 아무런 차이가 없을 것이라고 믿습니다. (두 번째 오른쪽) and Naz Shah (맨 오른쪽)

    Heidi Allen, a former MP from 2015 ...에 2019, said police officers swarmed over her house following a threat online, in which someone posted: '야, this is where she lives. She's got scaffolding outside her house, it's easy to get up to her bedroom'

    Heidi Allen, a former MP from 2015 ...에 2019, said police officers swarmed over her house following a threat online, in which someone posted: '야, this is where she lives. She’s got scaffolding outside her house, it’s easy to get up to her bedroom

    Among the MPs she spoke to was Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West, who told Ms Leadbeater that she has had to talk to her children about what would happen if she is killed. 그녀가 말했다: ‘We have morbid conversations of ‘God if I… you know, if I ever lost my life…We’ve had those conversations.

    Peter Bone, Tory MP for Wellingborough in Northamptonshire, also spoke about his experiences of a threat against his 12-year-old son. 그는 말했다: ‘I got a phone call from the police. ‘Do you know where your young son is?’

    Current and former politicians reveal threats made against them

    Naz Shah, Labour MP for Bradford West: ‘We have morbid conversations of ‘God if I… you know, if I ever lost my life…We’ve had those conversations.

    Peter Bone, Conservative MP for Wellingborough: ‘I got a phone call from the police. Do you know where your young son is? I rang the school up and he was there, 고맙게도. The reason they called me because on social media, a Scottish revolutionary group, had put up a mock execution of a young boy, who looked like my son… So you can imagine the trauma that gave… And you know, we tried to keep as much as that away from him. He was about 12 at the time.

    Heidi Allen, former MP for South Cambridgeshire: ‘[Someone posted] '야, this is where she lives. She’s got scaffolding outside her house, it’s easy to get up to her bedroom. As well as my yellow jacket I might just have to order some rope.’. I remember coming home from London one night there’s two police officers in the lounge, two police officers in the garden at the back, two outside the front door. And there’s a helicopter out, trying to find him. And it turned out, 그는 ~였다 200 야드 거리, hiding in long grass. He was an ex-Marine, or para. 번개가 플로리다에서 폭풍을 촬영하는 여성을 그리워. I freaked out. But that type of thing, 운수 나쁘게, became routine, and it certainly wasn’t unique to me. This was unfortunately, the lives that we were all living. I left because I was mentally exhausted. It was just too much.

    Nicky Morgan, former Cabinet minister: ‘I remember doing media interviews and saying actually I’m sorry, I just can’t leave the building because I’m not sure I can take much more of being yelled at… It was, it was death threats, but also sexual threats. You just change your behaviour… And it went on for, it was three and half years.

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    ‘I rang the school up and he was there, 고맙게도. The reason they called me because on social media, a Scottish revolutionary group, had put up a mock execution of a young boy, who looked like my son.

    ‘So you can imagine the trauma that gave… And you know, we tried to keep as much as that away from him. He was about 12 at the time.

    Heidi Allen, former MP for South Cambridgeshire from 2015 ...에 2019, said police officers swarmed over her house following a threat online, in which someone posted: '야, this is where she lives. She’s got scaffolding outside her house, it’s easy to get up to her bedroom. As well as my yellow jacket I might just have to order some rope.

    Ms Allen told the programme: ‘I remember coming home from London one night there’s two police officers in the lounge, two police officers in the garden at the back, two outside the front door. And there’s a helicopter out, trying to find him. And it turned out, 그는 ~였다 200 야드 거리, hiding in long grass.

    ‘He was an ex-Marine, or para. 번개가 플로리다에서 폭풍을 촬영하는 여성을 그리워. I freaked out. But that type of thing, 운수 나쁘게, became routine, and it certainly wasn’t unique to me. This was unfortunately, the lives that we were all living. I left because I was mentally exhausted. It was just too much.

    Labour MP Jess Phillips and Ms Shah both spoke to Ms Leadbeater at the same time about serious threats that have had to be escalated.

    Ms Phillips said: ‘How many people have you got in prison?’

    Ms Shah replied: ‘Two

    And Ms Phillips said: ‘I’ve got two… Yeah, that’s standard. I think for members of Parliament, nowadays, to have a couple of people in prison, for threatening them, harassing them.

    Ms Shah added: ‘The idea that you just turn around to an MP and say, how many people do you have in prison? That in itself is not normal.

    Meanwhile former Tory MP Nicky Morgan spoke about the increasing scale of abuse she experienced.

    She told the programme: ‘I remember doing media interviews and saying actually I’m sorry, I just can’t leave the building because I’m not sure I can take much more of being yelled at

    ‘그건, it was death threats, but also sexual threats. You just change your behaviour… And it went on for, it was three and half years.

    Labour MP Kim Leadbeater (왼쪽) is the sister of Jo Cox (권리), who was murdered outside her constituency surgery in 2016

    Labour MP Kim Leadbeater (왼쪽) is the sister of Jo Cox (권리), who was murdered outside her constituency surgery in 2016

    Kim Leadbeater

    Jo Cox

    Ms Leadbeater (왼쪽) has looked into the threats faced by MPs six years after her sister Jo Cox (권리) was murdered

    Ms Leadbeater (왼쪽, with Jo Cox) has investigated the threats faced by MPs for a new documentary on Channel 4 오늘 밤

    Ms Leadbeater (왼쪽, with Jo Cox) has investigated the threats faced by MPs for a new documentary on Channel 4 오늘 밤

    Kim Leadbeater is pictured with her sister Jo Cox when they were children. Ms Cox was murdered in West Yorkshire in 2016

    Kim Leadbeater is pictured with her sister Jo Cox when they were children. Ms Cox was murdered in West Yorkshire in 2016

    After her attack, a specialist police team called the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team (Plait) was set up to investigate threats to MPs, and establish which people are genuinely trying harm politicians.

    Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi says he was racially abused and dunked in pond during school days as he condemns ‘sickeningcase of pupil, 11, who lost FINGER trying to flee bullies

    Nadhim Zahawi has recalled being racially abused and bullied at school as a child as he described the experiences of 11-year-old Raheem Bailey as ‘sickening’.

    Shantal Bailey said her son Raheem lost his finger while ‘fleeing school bullies’, adding he has been facing ‘racial and physical abuseas well as being bullied about his height since he started secondary school at Abertillery Learning Community in south Wales in September.

    Nadhim Zahawi said the incident of an 11-year-old boy who lost his finger after trying to escape racist bullies 'sickening'

    Nadhim Zahawi said the incident of an 11-year-old boy who lost his finger after trying to escape racist bullies ‘sickening

    Asked about the case, Education Secretary Mr Zahawi told Sophy Ridge on Sunday on Sky News: ‘It’s sickening, we always need to do more, I suffered bullying when I first arrived on these shores.

    ‘I couldn’t speak English and it was hard, I remember my first experiencebeing chased around the park as a sort of entertainment for bigger boys and then throwing me in the pond or dunking my head down in the pond, pretty horrific for a child who has just arrived on these shores.

    Raheem Bailey got his finger caught in a fence while running away from bullies at his school in Gwent, South Wales last week

    Raheem Bailey got his finger caught in a fence while running away from bullies at his school in Gwent, South Wales last week

    Asked if there was a racist element to the bullying, Mr Zahawi replied: ‘모르겠어요, it was a long time ago but I’ve certainly been on the receiving end of other racist slurs, 단어, 무엇이든 – I was called a ‘Paki’ 학교에서, I had to explain they mean I’m from Pakistan, I’m not from Pakistan, I’m actually from a place called Iraq and I’m Kurdish of origin, it’s called Kurdistan.

    ‘It’s a horrible thing and I’m determined to stamp it out, as I’m determined to stamp out antisemitism in our schools or in our universities. There’s no place for racism anywhere in our society, let alone in education.

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    Detective Inspector Philip Grindell, head of Plait from 2016 ...에 2019, 말했다: ‘During Brexit I had several MPs who I would have conversations with because they were worried about how they were going to vote.

    ‘Should I change how I’m going to vote? Because if I vote this way in this in this debate on Brexit, I’m going to get loads of abuse… we would see really, really resilient MPs having effectively breakdowns behind the scenes… I had times where I had particular MPs phoning me 50 하루에 몇 번.

    ‘Is it safe to go out? Some MPs were vulnerable, hugely vulnerable, and we saw them very, very significantly mentally unwell at times.

    The documentary also revealed that the Parliamentary Security Department’s social media monitoring team, which is responsible for identifying harmful, threatening and abusive content aimed at MPs, requested the removal of more than 4,500 communications from social media platforms in the first three months of this year.

    And the programme heard from staff who support MPs about the impact on them of abuse and threats.

    Sandra Major, who is Ms Leadbeater’s constituency caseworker, 말했다: ‘I do worry about Kim’s security and safety. But you can’t let those people win because those are the people that are trying to destroy our democracy. And the minute we give in to that, and cower, and hide and say, oh no we daren’t do that… We’re giving into themcan never do that.

    Omar Sharif, senior parliamentary assistant to Ms Leadbeater, spoke about the pressures faced by MPs’ 직원, who must decide which abusive messages to escalate to the police.

    그는 말했다: ‘When you go home, if you’ve received a threat to that MP, saying I’m going to kill you and then, you go home that night, you do think, is that what’s going to happen to them?’

    The programme also spoke to MP Diane Abbott’s chief of staff who said staff sometimes have to read thousands of threatening messages in a week.

    그녀는 덧붙였다: ‘We get phone calls telling us that what happened to Sir David Amess is going to happen to Diane Abbott very soon.

    ‘I know for a fact I probably would never run for anything just because I’m a woman, I’m black, I should expect this, 알 잖아? And it just become kind of just standard that people should just expect to be abused if they are a woman or a black person in politics.

    And Ms Leadbeater spoke to Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham, who was stabbed in his weekly constituency surgery in May 2010 by a 21-year-old student who was radicalised online.

    Despite the attack, Mr Timms has continued to meet people face to face at his surgeries. Ms Leadbeater asked him whether at any point he thought ‘Is this a safe job for me to do?’

    그는 말했다: ‘정말, no because I enjoy the job, I mean it’s what I’ve always wanted to do.

    ‘And you can think of lots of responses to these risks which could shut MPs away, I think we’ve got to resist that at all costs, because if there’s any strategy behind these attacks, it is precisely to achieve that damage to our democracy. And it’sit’s too important, we need to hold onto it.

    Ms Leadbeater herself said: ‘I think important work is being done to make MPs feel safer, but also to make sure that the internet and particularly social media is a safe space for people to interact with each other without feeling threatened… but again until we address some of the deeper issues around political discourse and extremism, then it’s really difficult to just put the sticking plasters over…

    ‘MPs and people in public life want to feel safe but like Jo and Sir David, we also want to be accessible. We must work hard to strike a balance between safety and protecting the democratic values we hold so dear.

    DispatchesMPs Under Threat airs on Channel 4 tonight at 7.30pm