UK man arrested for harassing and threatening Labor figure Angela Rayner

These threats rekindle pain and concern after the tragic terrorist assassination of Conservative MP David Amess on Friday, October 15. A man suspected of having harassed and threatened for weeks the number two of the Labor opposition (Labor), Angela Rayner, amid concerns about the safety of elected officials, was arrested on Wednesday by British police.

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The 52-year-old man suspected of malicious appeal was arrested in Halifax, northern England, and then released on parole. In recent weeks, the latter had multiplied “threatening and insulting calls, emails and letters”, the police said in a statement.

Threatened MPs consider quitting politics

Mother of three, Angela Rayner, who is currently on leave after the death of a loved one, thanked the police on Twitter for “the support that (him) has been given as well as to (his) family and (his) team during this period, which is particularly difficult for (his) children ”.

The question of the safety of elected officials was revived by the death in mid-October of MP David Amess, fatally stabbed during a parliamentary duty in his constituency in east London. A suspect, Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old Briton, was arrested on the spot. Indicted Thursday for murder and preparation of terrorist acts, he is to be tried in March. His motive remains unknown, the police having mentioned “a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism”.

The death of David Amess shocked the country, recalling the trauma of the assassination of Labor MP Jo Cox in June 2016, just before the Brexit referendum, by a right-wing extremist. Since this tragedy, several deputies have testified to having received death threats which made them, for some, consider leaving politics.

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