Same death threat has been sent to 25 MPs, says Chris Bryant

Written by Rod Muir on 30 August 2016 in Diary
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Gruesome email included a photograph of a person being beheaded.

At least 25 MPs have received an identical email threatening to kill them, according to Labour MP Chris Bryant.

He revealed that he has had "about five death threats" online in the past year and that MPs from various parties were targeted with the same email threat at the weekend. There was also a photograph of a person being beheaded.

“More than two dozen of us have now had an identical email which says warning I am going to kill you and all of your family with a very unpleasant photo attached,” the Labour MP told LBC.

He said the internet had "fostered an anger and a bitterness" and he noted that "all the death threats I have had as an MP have all been through social media, either Twitter or Facebook or emails".

It comes as Jeremy Corbyn pledged to tackle the issue of online abuse as he launched his digital manifesto this morning in Shoreditch.

“Many people use instant access to Twitter more or less like they’re continuing a pub conversation, and deeply regret the abuse that they sent to people at that time,” said Corbyn.

The Labour leader added: “I absolutely will not allow any sort of it whatsoever anywhere around our campaign - we do chase it down, we do stop it.”

Bryant gave a cautious welcome to Corbyn’s pledge to chase down online abuse, but accused the Labour leader on not to doing enough so far.

He said: "I welcome anything that's going to help... My anxiet is that I have never known the Labour Party be in such an unpleasant state `as it is at the moment, with members of the Labour Party attacking members of the Labour Party, day in, day out.”

Bryant added: “I think Jeremy has been very very slow to act on that. A lot of this is happening on Jeremy’s watch. I think you need a stronger leader if you are really going to be able to tackle that.”

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