LONDON — The specialist police unit created to investigate hate crimes against MPs has dealt with more than 100 complaints in its first year of being active.
The Metropolitan Police’s parliamentary liaison and investigations team, which was set up in August 2016 following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, has looked into 71 complaints of “malicious communication”, which includes “electronic communication.”
The unit has also dealt with 15 thefts, seven allegations of criminal damage, five reports of harassment and four of racially aggravated harassment from August 2016 and July 2017, according to the Guardian newspaper.
MPs will have a general debate about the “abuse and intimidation of candidates and the public during the General Election campaign,” on Thursday afternoon, and several have spoken out about the harassment they have received.
Labour MP Rachel Maskell told the Guardian: “That is about one in six MPs and I would want to know how these figures compare to the rest of society. It does show the vulnerability of people in public life who stand up to represent their communities.”
Maskell, the MP for York Central, said: “For me, day-to-day abuse is low. But I have had far-right groups sending me death threats following the death …read more
Source:: Businessinsider – Politics