MPs of UK, targets of harassment and abuse

MPs of UK, targets of harassment and abuse

Even the members of the parliament in United Kingdom are experiencing bullying and harassment. They received death threats, and they were subjects of racism and sexism. MPs are in the government to ensure a better path for the nation.

"We cannot afford to lose people of quality in our public life and we may be approaching a tipping point," Paul Bew, chairman of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, said on BBC Radio 4's Westminster Hour. He might recommend new laws regarding abuse and intimidation of candidates in general elections.

MPs improved their security system after labor MP Jo Cox was murdered. Still, many complained about the new level of harassment they are experiencing.

Simon Hart, the Conservative MP, said that their colleagues receive death threats, criminal damage, sexism, racism, homophobia, antisemitism, and general thuggishness every week.

"We are talking about mindless abuse and in my case, the mindless abuse has been characteristically racist and sexist," Dianne Abbott, the shadow home secretary, said that she suffered abuse every day. She added, "And just to outline I've had death threats, I've had people tweeting that I should be hung 'if they could find as tree big enough to take the fat bitch's weight."

There were other parties who complained about receiving threats, as well. Before the elections, one of the candidates from the Women's Equality party received a death threat letter signed by 'Jo Cox'. 

In the photo: Diane Abott / Photo by: PaulNUK via Wikimedia Commons