Labour’s Lisa Nandy: The Genuinely Frightening Abuse I Got This Summer Reminded Me Of The Far-Right

Speaking this afternoon, she said: “The online abuse is one thing and the abuse in person is another. There have been moments this summer where I have felt genuinely frightened.

“I’ve only felt that once in politics and that was when I was first elected and I was targeted by the far-right.

“I felt it again this summer and that is a huge thing for a political party that stands for decency, kindness and respect. We will never convince the public that we will create that sort of society if we don’t live those sort of values ourselves.

When asked whether she had received “abuse in person” from Labour members, Nandy replied: “The problem is when people come up to you in the street they are abusive or threatening you don’t know who they are and actually a lot of abuse about what I should or should not be doing with my life and my choices have been leveled at me from people in other political parties.”

She called on all members of Labour to work together to stamp out abuse.

“I do think we have a duty – all of us – to do much better than saying lets not abuse people. We have to proactively challenge where we see that sort of culture develop,” said Nandy.

The abuse aimed at Labour MPs has seen several beef up their personal security measures. Jess Phillips tweeted a picture in July of extra locks being put on her front door after a picture was mocked up of her dying.