Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson reveals she has called in police over threat to her child

Andy Wells
Freelance Writer
Jo Swinson said she has called in the police following threats made against her son (PA)

The leader of the Liberal Democrats has revealed how she was forced to call in the police after threats were made against her child.

During a fiery debate in the House of Commons, mum-of-two Jo Swinson spoke of the choice of language used by MPs.

As she criticised Boris Johnson for dismissing concerns about his “dangerous” comments, Ms Swinson revealed her own experience with threats.

The Liberal Democrat leader spoke as MPs revealed threats of death and violence (PA)

Fighting back tears, the East Dunbartonshire MP said: “Today I reported to the police a threat against my child.”

Speaker John Bercow said: “I cannot overstate the frequency by which I have been informed over the last year or so by members on both sides of the House and on both sides of the Brexit argument of the fact and and persistence of threats that they have received.”

Directly responding to Ms Swinson, the Speaker offered to meet members to hear their concerns.

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The Prime Minister was widely condemned for telling MPs they should honour the memory of murdered parliamentarian Jo Cox by delivering Brexit.

He also labelled the remarks of Labour MP Paula Sherriff “humbug”, after she urged him to watch his repeated use of “surrender act” when describing legislation designed to prevent ministers forcing through a no-deal Brexit on October 31.

She warned against using such language and mentioned Mrs Cox before highlighting that many MPs are subject to death threats and abuse.

Boris Johnson was criticised for his choice of language (PA)

Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said all people "had a responsibility to be mild in our language when we're speaking in this House or outside”.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the PM's language "was indistinguishable from the far right”.

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