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‘Be afraid, be very afraid’: MP Jess Phillips reveals death threats against her

MP Jess Phillips has informed Sky News she feels “jumpy and worried and frightened” after a person was arrested exterior her constituency workplace yesterday and she acquired death threats in a single day.

An indication within the home windows of her workplace reads: “Sorry. We’re closed today on security advice. Surgery tonight has been cancelled.”

Inside the MP for Birmingham Yardley and her workers have been nonetheless taking calls from members of be public.

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“I feel desperately upset,” she informed Sky News. “As I pull as much as my workplace my constituents are having to be turned away… I simply really feel like they’re struggling and that is aggravated me.

“The rational a part of my mind says that I’m in all probability okay, however yeah, I really feel jumpy and fearful and frightened.

“I am worried for my family, although they would tell [me] that they’re fine and that it’s fine,” she mentioned.

She confirmed Sky News one of many emails she has forwarded to the police.

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It reads, “Unless you change your attitude, be afraid, be very afraid… wherever you are, keep looking over your shoulder. The person standing behind you may not be friendly. You and your Remain friends have been warned.”

Ms Phillips mentioned: “The different factor that occurred yesterday is that every one day the telephones in my Westminster [office] needed to ultimately be switched off as a result of the road was being jammed with folks.

“I will not say what they have been shouting as a result of I’m unsure it is match for the tv, however utilizing phrases like ‘traitor’,” the Labour MP added.

Asked if she’s had death threats she mentioned, “Yeah, heaps.

“There’s at least ten people threatening me in some way or another… death or violence of some sort.”

On Thursday, a 36-year-old-man was arrested after allegedly “smacking the windows” of her Birmingham constituency workplace and shouting “fascist”.

Today, two cops have been talking to workers who noticed what occurred. West Midlands Police confirmed the person stays in custody.

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Ms Phillips mentioned immediately: “I shall stick with it serving the folks. I’ll be alright.

“I do know that everyone needs me to take a seat and say that I blame Boris Johnson. I feel that he is not serving to.

“The drawback is that that is being infected by our present politics and all of us have a accountability to dial it down. So, sure, I’ve behaved badly previously within the chamber. That has by no means filtered into the streets…

“I do not blame Boris Johnson, but when he does not change his technique, I completely will.”

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