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Abuse of MPs is horrendous—but threatening voting rights isn’t the solution

Instead of bringing in new measures which could discourage political engagement, let’s make proper use the laws we have

By Jane Merrick  

We don't need new laws on abuse—we need to use the ones we have. Photo: PA

During the election campaign I was with a female Labour MP when she received a death threat. I was following her around her constituency to report on the appetite for Jeremy Corbyn’s party, listening to the views of voters on their doorsteps.

She had just finished talking to a constituent when a member of her staff, who had been to a neighbouring house, came up to tell us that its resident had asked where the…

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