Speaker reveals car bomb threat and criticises PM over online abuse

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Commons president Sir Lindsay Hoyle has revealed that he received car bomb threats after he criticized Boris Johnson’s government for failing to crack down on social media firms at the edge of online abuse.

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Sir Lindsay said he recently received a disturbing threat – sent via an “offshore” Twitter account – that a bomb would be placed under his car.

Following the assassination of Conservative MP Sir David Ames, the speaker called on social media platforms to “bring their work together”, and suggested legislation to force companies to deal with threats that were long overdue .


“If it were up to me and I was in charge of the law, I would have done something,” Sir Lindsay told Times Radio in a message to the government.

He added: “We have to take this seriously. The companies have got an opportunity… we’re working closely with them [but] Some are not working the way they should, and they need to do their job together.”

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It comes as Conservative MP Marc Francois said it is time for “David’s Law” – suggesting that the online harms bill could be tightened “to ensure that our allies do not die in vain”.

Francois said the social media firms had to prevent “horrific abuse” from people hiding behind anonymity. “If social media companies don’t want them out of the quagmire, force them to do so,” he said.

However, Home Secretary Priti Patel has said that any measures directed to tackle online social media abuse by anonymous trolls should be “proportionate” and “balanced”.

Patel said on Monday that “we see a lot of brutality online” and also revealed that the review of policing for politicians is “literally ending in the next few days”, as promised to update lawmakers. .

It comes as the office of former Conservative Party leader Sir Ian Duncan Smith revealed that he had received death threats in the mail over the weekend following the killing of Sir David on Friday.

The senior backbench MP’s office told LBC on Monday that the threats – which included a newspaper clipping of Sir David’s death and a reference to “like you” – were reported to the Metropolitan Police.

Earlier on Monday, Labor MP Chris Bryant revealed that a man had been arrested for threatening to kill him after returning home from Qatar on Saturday.

“The first message in my inbox was death threats, very clear, so I informed the police and they have taken action,” he said.

Elsewhere, SNP MP Joanna Cherry pointed out daily Record Once he needed a police escort for his constituency surgery because of a credible death threat.

On another occasion a constituent “behaved in such a dangerous and threatening manner” that the MP and his office manager “pushed all the furniture against the door of the room in the suburban library where I was undergoing surgery while we police Were waiting for you to come”.

And Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill revealed that she once had to kick an uninvited person out of her home.

“I’ve had to physically remove an uninvited person from my house … which is not acceptable for anyone to have to deal with,” the Sinn Féin politician told Stormont on Monday.

It follows claims from lawmakers that the police response to threats made against them across the country is “hidden” and often ignored.


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