I’ve been targeted with acid attack and death threats, reveals Dominic Raab

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Dominic Raab revealed today that police had to step in to stop an acid attack against him and that he has faced three death threats in the past two years.

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The deputy PM warned that online hatred against politicians was now “out of control” as he paid tribute to Tory MP Sir David Ames.

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Dominic Raab reveals he has been targeted with acid attacks and death threatscredits: 3
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He said additional security measures such as personal security guards and stab vests could be introduced to help protect elected representatives.

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But he also warned that there is “never going to be a 100% safety net” against those who want to harm lawmakers.

A man was arrested today after Labor received threats to kill Kris Bryant.

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The Ronda MP said the malicious post was sent to him after Sir David’s death called on people to be kind.

Meanwhile fellow Labor MP Tulip Siddiq revealed that he receives abusive messages online every single day.

The shadow minister for children said they receive violent threats like rape or murder on an average once every three weeks.

Mr Raab said he was on the receiving end of three “significant death threats” during his time as foreign secretary.

The most recent one was “somebody threatened to throw acid at me” which he said resulted in “interference” by the police.

He said: “I think a lot of people would be surprised how widespread this is, and not just abuse but serious, concrete threats.

“We see politicians and MPs being constantly maligned, especially online.

“Since 2010 I have been very aware that the risk to us has increased as delegates have increased.

“The thickening and polarization of the debate has led to a lot of personal attacks on individuals rather than just passionate debate on the issue.

“I think that’s partly where we’ve seen something go wrong in the last 11 years.”

We see constant condemnation of politicians and MPs, especially online

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But he insisted he didn’t want the constituency work to be done online or that plainclothes policemen were stationed in his surgery.

Mr Raab, now justice secretary, feared he would have a “cold effect” on those coming forward who need his help.

He added: “The number one point is that we don’t allow anything like this to undermine, sabotage or destroy our democracy. We don’t let terrorists win.”

And he said reducing the rhetoric required a “team effort” between politicians, social media and journalists.

He added: “It is up to all of us to think very carefully about how we view politics.”

Mr Bryant warned that the political debate is now “soiler than I have known in 20 years”.

He added: “Some of the political debates have been really vicious and acrimonious.

“I think it’s women, black and ethnic minorities and gay lawmakers who bear the brunt of it, but everyone gets something out of it.”

Local police forces have begun contacting all lawmakers to see what more can be done to help increase security.

The Speaker of the Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, said security should not end when politicians step outside “Fort” Westminster.

But he also warned against a “knee-jerk reaction” and insisted he did not want to see American-style armed guards for elected representatives here.

Sir David was stabbed to death at a constituency meeting on Friday

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Sir David was stabbed to death at a constituency meeting on Friday

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