International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan spoke of the threats she has received as MPs’ safety came under fresh scrutiny in the wake of the killing of Tory MP Sir David Amess
A Tory Cabinet Minister has told how a sick troll threatened to burn down her house with her children inside.
International Trade Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan spoke of the threats she received as MPs’ safety is under fresh scrutiny in the wake of the killing of Tory MP Sir David Amess.
Ms Trevelyan said MPs were “still numb” from the fatal stabbing of the Southend West MP on Friday.
She told LBC radio: “The online trolling that I’ve had, I’ve had a certain amount, I’ve had to have someone arrested who was threatening to burn down my house when my children were in it.
“These things are ghastly and entirely wrong, and our police forces work incredibly hard to support us as parliamentarians and to protect our families, but we are going to keep looking at that.
“I know the Home Secretary’s work is ongoing to think about how we might best and proportionately find the right solutions to ensure that both we as Parliamentarians, but our families and our staff who support and work around us every day also feel safe.”
MPs paid emotional tributes to Sir David on Monday after he was fatally stabbed at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on Friday.
His death came only five years after Labour’s Jo Cox was killed by a right-wing extremist outside a library where she was due to hold a constituency surgery.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said a review of policing for politicians would conclude in the next few days as safety of MPs comes under fresh scrutiny.
Justice Secretary Dominic Raab revealed he had received at least three threats on “life and limb” in the past two years – but he said having plain-clothes police officers on the doors of surgeries with constituents could have a “chilling effect”.
No10 has insisted that the death of Sir David “cannot get in the way of democracy”.
Yesterday, Boris Johnson announced plans to award city status to Southend – a cause Sir David had championed for many years.
He paid tribute to one of the “nicest, kindest and most gentle” MPs, saying Sir David “simply wanted to serve the people of Essex” .
The PM said the “contemptible act of violence” would not “detract from his accomplishments as a politician or as a human being”.
MPs took part in a minute’s silence in Sir David’s honour, with a service attended by some 800 politicians in nearby St Margaret’s Church.
A 25-year-old man, understood to be Ali Harbi Ali, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of Sir David’s murder.
He has been detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 and remains in police custody.