MP security focus after online abuse

MP security focus after online abuse

DEWSBURY & Mirfield MP Paula Sherriff has beefed up security at her home and reviewed how constituency surgeries are run after she received death threats.

Miss Sherriff received online abuse following a statement she made about suspected suicide bomber Talha Asmal.

She started getting messages on social media and to her personal email address on June 15.

“They carried on throughout the day and in the evening I got a new message threatening to rape and kill me,” she said.

A 38-year-old man from the Newark area, accused of making threats to kill, was arrested and is now on bail.

Miss Sherriff added she has since sought specialist help to protect herself and staff at constituency surgeries.

In a separate move she met with Home Secretary Theresa May on Tuesday to discuss anti-terror laws.

Issues including a crackdown on internet service providers and tighter control on travel to Turkey and Syria were raised.

Miss Sherriff also invited Prime Minister David Cameron to Dewsbury to see for himself work being done here.

In a letter she raised concerns about the PM’s speech in Bratislava, in which he called on Muslims to do more to repel ISIS.

Miss Sherriff wrote of frustration within Muslim communities who, despite condemning the actions of extremists, feel demonised.

She told Mr Cameron: “Having delivered this speech in Bratislava, I hope you will consider visiting Dewsbury for a genuine dialogue in which local people and their representatives can also speak for themselves rather than simply being spoken about.

“You could see some of the work that local Muslim community organisations are already doing and hear how the government could do more to support it.”

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