Dozens of crimes against MPs reported


A the fuzz team created to handle crimes against MPs has dealt with 53 gripes since the murder of Jo Cox.

The Met’s parliamentary liaison and investigation team saw cases of hate-filled dispatches, harassment and criminal damage between August and early February.

It appear c rise amid concerns that MPs face increasing levels of online censure.

Almost £640,000 has been spent on MPs’ security since Mrs Cox’s death on 16 June 2016.

The Work MP for Batley and Spen was shot and stabbed by Thomas Mair in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

The professional police squad has received 33 reports of malicious communications — which can incorporate Twitter trolling — as well as 13 reports of theft, four assertions of criminal damage and three reports of harassment.

The figures were obtained by the Request Association using the Freedom of Information Act.

Female focus

Rachael Maskell, Wage-earners MP for York Central, received threats from far-right supporters and had a visualize of a body with a severed head mailed to her.

She said: «It is the vile estimates of individuals who at one point indicated that I should be next to be murdered after Jo Cox.

«It was warmly unpleasant but you find your mechanisms of dealing with these thingumabobs.

«It has obviously hit across gender but there has been a particular focus on skirts, so I do think that is a wider concern.»

Lib Dem chief whip Tom Brake said MPs had ripen into targets on social media sites such as Twitter.

«I would mistrust every single member of Parliament has received this abuse. As the case may be the issue of Brexit will have been the one which will be struck by drawn that out in recent times.

«I received a message from someone important me ‘you should think very carefully about how you vote for the future of your division’, which I referred to the police.

«You just know [as a man] that for every dirty email I am going to get, women are probably going to get five times as uncountable.»

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