Hampshire MPs say they receive abuse and death threats. This was published in The Portsmouth News: https://www.portsmouth.co.uk/news/politics/hampshire-mps-say-they-recei…
MPs in the area say they are subjected to abuse and even death threats – with one saying she has closed her Twitter account as the social media platform is so poisonous.
The MPs were speaking after the death of veteran Essex MP David Amess, who was stabbed while holding a public surgery.
Meon Valley MP Flick Drummond said: ‘Earlier this year I came off Twitter because of the toxic and abusive atmosphere on the platform.
‘There seemed little point using it when most of what I read was nothing about the day’s political debate or anything informative, just hurtful personal attacks.
‘For women this is a real problem as it is often about their appearance or even threats of sexual violence. It shouldn’t be like this and if nothing is done women will be reluctant to enter public life.
‘The Government is putting forward an Online Safety Bill I hope will have robust measures in it to tackle the sewer that is social media.
‘I think the country is getting increasingly fed up with online hate and its pernicious effect on children, public discourse and mental health.’