Angela Rayner 'wrong' for 'scum' comment says Leadbeater
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The MP apologised “unreservedly” for the jibe after a man was given a suspended jail sentence for sending her a threatening email littered with foul-mouthed language. Benjamin Iliffe had warned Ms Rayner to “watch your back and your kids” in the message that also made a veiled reference to the murder of Conservative MP Sir David Amess. Iliffe, 36, of Chatteris, Cambs, was given 15 weeks’ jail suspended for 18 months after he admitted sending the email.Huntingdon magistrates also made him the subject of a two-year restraining order not to contact Ms Rayner.
In a Facebook post, the MP said she wanted to say sorry after she had “reflected on our political debate and the threats and abuse that now seem to feature all too often”.
She added: “I have also reflected on what I said at an event at Labour Party conference. I was angry about where our country is headed and policies that have made life harder for so many people I represent.
“But I would like to unreservedly apologise for the language I used.”
It is also believed she came under pressure to apologise after Sir David, 69, was stabbed to death in Essex earlier this month.
Ms Rayner said she had “been reluctant” to speak out about the abuse she receives in case it made the situation worse.
But she added recent threats against her and her family were “so terrifying… I could not stay silent and…take it as ‘part of the job’.”
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