Dr Liam Fox: MP receives death threat email

PUBLISHED: 06:00 19 July 2017 | UPDATED: 09:03 19 July 2017

Liam Fox

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A death threat has been received by Dr Liam Fox, prompting a police investigation.

Dr Fox, who was re-elected as the MP for North Somerset in June, was sent the email last week.

The one-line email told Dr Fox to ‘stop your f****** s***, or we’ll kill [specific person named]’.

It has been reported that the threat was issued against a member of Dr Fox’s family, however his advisory team has refused to confirm who the threat was aimed at.

A spokesman for Dr Fox said: “Liam received an abusive email to his parliamentary office at the House of Commons last week, threatening to kill somebody.

“The email was sent at 9.51am on July 12 to his parliamentary office at the House of Commons and was immediately seen by his secretary that normally deals with his North Somerset constituency casework.

“We immediately alerted the police and it is now a matter for them.”

Dr Fox has been a high-profile figure in UK politics for more than a decade after attempts to become leader of the Conservative Party and after being handed Cabinet roles for defence and, more recently, international trade.

A number of other MPs have revealed they have been on the receiving end of death threats and hate-fuelled messages in recent weeks.

A debate in Westminster Hall was held coincidentally on the day of Dr Fox’s threat, when MPs of several parties talked openly about the abuse they had been subjected to, both electronically and in person.

Labour’s shadow home secretary Diane Abbott said she had been on the end of ‘mindless’ racist abuse and had received death threats, while sexist and religious abuse was reported by other MPs.

The comments come little more than a year after Labour’s Jo Cox, the then-MP for Batley and Spen, was murdered by one of her constituents.

Dr Fox’s spokesman said abuse cases have risen.

He added: “We have reported the matter to the Metropolitan Police.

“Recently, we have seen a dramatic increase in the number of abusive communications.

“It is a sinister and deplorable development.”


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