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British lawmakers raise alarm over death threats

One of the MPs received a recent threat of acid bath.

• October 18, 2021
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson [Photo Credit: NBC News]

British MPs shared fresh experiences on Monday of receiving death threats as they prepare to pay tribute to Sir David Amess in the wake of the Conservative backbencher’s murder.

Labour’s Chris Bryant said a man has been arrested over a threat on his life after the MP for Southend West was killed while meeting constituents in Essex.

While Justice Secretary, Dominic Raab, spoke of having received at least three threats on life and limb in the past two years, with the latest being of an acid attack.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead tributes in the Commons to Sir David later in the day before MPs and peers attend a service in his honour nearby at St Margaret’s Church.

The killing of the veteran parliamentarian at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday has led to fresh scrutiny over the security of MPs.

Just a day later, Mr Bryant said he received a death threat after returning from Qatar where he had been investigating the situation faced by refugees from Afghanistan.

“I got back on Saturday and the first message in my inbox was this death threat, pretty clear, so I notified the police and they have taken action,” he said.

He said abuse in British politics has risen in recent years, particularly over Brexit and from anti-vaccine protesters whom he said had targeted his Rhondda constituency office in 2020.

Mr Raab said that his colleagues, particularly women, had received “worse abuse” than himself but that he had been the victim of three recent threats that required intervention.

“I have had three threats to life and limb over the last two years,” the Deputy Prime Minister stated.

He said that the most recent threat was of someone threatening to throw acid over him. 

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