A group of men attempted to threaten, harass and intimidate Anna Soubry MP outside the Houses of Parliament. They shouted insults like ‘Nazi’ and ‘traitor’ in her face. Anna isn’t alone in facing intimidation. Last year Jacob Rees-Mogg’s children were told their father was a ‘horrible person’ on their doorstep and commentator Owen Jones has shared videos of the harassment and abuse he has endured.
Online or offline, politically motivated abuse has to stop. No matter the political view, this is unacceptable behaviour in a proud democracy like Britain.
You can take action by adding your name to an open letter calling on the Speaker of the House of Commons to establish a task force to end politically motivated abuse outside Parliament.
Open letter to House of Commons Speaker John Bercow:
We believe in a Britain where people are free to hold opposing views and debate their politics.
Already in 2019, we have seen Anna Soubry MP and the commentator Owen Jones harassed and intimidated outside Parliament. In 2018 Jacob Rees Mogg’s children were told on their doorstep by protestors that he is ‘a horrible person’ and online abuse reached new heights with rape threats, nooses and other vile content regularly posted to MPs and other public figures.
If it continues this behaviour risks undermining our democracy.
Westminster is the home of our democracy. That is why we are calling on John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons to bring together the relevant authorities and individuals to get to grips with this issue.
Brexit will continue to be an emotive subject for people across the country. Whether we leave the European Union or not, Britain must continue to demonstrate its commitment to democracy. This means whether it is online or offline, politically motivated abuse, threats and harassment have to stop.
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