Midlands MP demands action over Brexit death threats

Midlands MP demands action over Brexit death threats

The high profile backbench Tory MP Anna Soubry has compiled a dossier of threats and abuse, including demands for her to be hanged for treason, over her stand against Brexit.

Her report was handed to the House of Commons Speaker as Prime Minister Theresa May and Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn condemned the increase in intimidation and abuse against MPs.

Anna Soubry, was a former TV news presenter and host of Central Weekend, has been an outspoken critic of Brexit and was among 11 MPs described as ‘mutineers’ on the front page of the Daily Telegraph after voting against the Government on the issue.



News. Rt Hon Anna Soubry was appointed Minister of State (Minister for Small Business, Industry and Enterprise) for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on 11 May 2015. She was elected Conservative MP for Broxtowe in 2010 and re-elected in May 2015.She was in Redcar to discuss the future of SSI.

The Guardian reports that the dossier submitted by Soubry, the MP for Broxtowe in Nottinghamshire, highlights an increase in abuse since the article and the controversial Brexit vote.

One individual talked of going on a tour of Westminster but said they couldn’t make enough explosives in time.

Another said Soubry should be subject to treason charges along with May, Home Secretary Amber Rudd and Chancellor Philip Hammond and added: “Is there enough rope to hang them along the Embankment?”

Further abuse includes references to the Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a far-right extremist during the EU Referendum campaign in 2016.

Other MPs who also called for a final vote on the Brexit deal have reported death threats and abuse and some have installed panic alarms and stepped up security in constituency offices to protect staff.

Ms Soubry said: “We’re in danger of fanatical ideologically driven extremists controlling British politics.”



Theresa May in Brussels for Brexit talks
Theresa May in Brussels for Brexit talks

She said that both pro-Brexit and hard-left extremists had been particularly abusive on social media.

“The internet provides the means for these extremists to peddle their hatred and paranoia. But party leaders must call them out and condemn them,” Soubry told the Guardian.

In response the Speaker of the Commons John Bercow told MPs: “As members of parliament, you are never traitors, you are never mutineers, never malcontents, never enemies of the people.”

Ms May during an update on negotiations with the EU, said: ”There can never be a place for the threats of violence and intimidation against some members that we have seen in recent days – our politics must be better than that.”



Labour MP Jo Cox
Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered during EU referendum campaign

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Mr Corbyn highlighted a newspaper front page that accused the 11 Tory rebels of being a group of “self-consumed malcontents” and asked: “Proud of yourselves?”

He said: “Threats and intimidation have no place in our politics.”

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