A British man has been jailed in Sheffield, northern England, after admitting to sending a death threat letter to Lawmaker, Anna Soubry.
The letter which read “Cox was the first, you are the next”, references Labour MP Jo Cox who was shot dead by a neo-Nazi during the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign.
The letter, sent to Soubry’s constituency office in Nottingham, central England, also described Soubry, who has fought to overturn Brexit, as “treacherous” and “worthless”.
Prosecutor Gerry Wareham said he hoped the sentence “comforts Ms Soubry and colleagues and deters anyone who would consider such despicable acts against a parliamentarian or a candidate”.
The Crown Prosecution Service’s advice, drawn up with police and the Electoral Commission, urges candidates not to canvass alone and “take active” steps to protect themselves with tensions already running high ahead of the December 12 vote.
The political atmosphere has deteriorated sharply in Britain since the 2016 Brexit referendum campaign and tensions are set to reach fever pitch ahead of the key vote.
Online death threats and harassment on the streets are now common occurrences for lawmakers. Several female MPs have announced they will not stand for re-election because of the levels of abuse.
A pro-Brexit activist received a suspended jail sentence in July for shouting “Nazi” and “traitor” at Soubry, who was a member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party before becoming an independent.
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