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Tory MP Anna Soubry Accuses Daily Mail And Daily Telegraph Of ‘Inciting’ Violent Threats Against Brexit Rebels

Tory MPs who rebelled over Brexit have rounded on the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph for “inciting” death threats and other abuse against them.

Anna Soubry, Dominic Grieve, Nicky Morgan and Sarah Wollaston all blamed the newspapers directly for the online harassment they have received before and since they defied their party to give Parliament a say over the UK’s final exit deal.

The clutch of backbenchers were dubbed ‘The Brexit Mutineers’ by the Telegraph, while the Mail ran a similar front page of their photos, dubbing them ‘self-consumed malcontents’.

But after an impassioned Commons debate on harassment of MPs on Monday evening, all of the ‘Remainer rebels’ were praised by Commons Speaker John Bercow for voting with their principles.

Bercow, to whom Soubry handed two dossiers of the most threatening messages, hailed the rebels as “dedicated public servants” and “never mutineers, traitors, malcontents nor enemies of the people”.

Despite repeated requests to condemn the two papers, Home Secretary Amber Rudd ducked direct criticism of them or their editors, declaring that the individuals who sent abusive messages were most to blame.

But Rudd added that “everybody should consider very carefully the language that they use so that it does not incite the sort of activity of which we have seen too much”.

Soubry’s dossier reveals that messages included references to “explosives” being deployed in Westminster, and one had a line asking if there was “enough rope to hang them [the rebels] along the Embankment?”

Others described MPs as “scum”, called for deselections and for them to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Another named the late Labour MP Jo Cox, who was murdered by a far-right extremist. Yet another message said the “mutineers” had committed treason and their “heads belong on spikes outside”.

Soubry said that the two dossiers of abusive messages she had received showed “quite clearly…a link between a front page of The Daily Telegraph using the word “mutineers” and threats, including death threats, made to me” and other MPs.

“Then last week, with the Daily Mail, again, specifically, you can see the link between words that are used and being called traitors, with comments like ’Traitors get hanged’….this is serious stuff.

“I am an old journalist as well as an old barrister. I believe in freedom of the press, but everybody has a responsibility not to incite abuse and death threats.”

Grieve, who also rebelled over Brexit last week, said he had been shocked by the “vitriolic abuse” he had suffered since the vote on the EU Withdrawal Bill and the fact it was the “new normal” for a large number of MPs.

“While undoubtedly some of it comes from people who may be a little unhinged, the stimulus for it undoubtedly, as has been suggested, comes from some sections of the national media choosing to report the politics of this country in a way that is designed to entertain but also to intimidate.”

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston revealed her own staff had been targeted since the front pages.

“It is a great shame that, after I am targeted as a traitor by organisations such as the Daily Mail, the extent of the abusive calls is unfortunately so great that I have to ask them to work from home,” she said.

Former Labour leader Harriet Harman urged Rudd to “be brave” and “call in” the editors of the Mail and Telegraph.

Harman said there was “a toxic triangle, which is made up of the divisiveness of the Brexit issue, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail identifying certain Members as targets and framing the attack on them and—facilitated by social media—the mob following.

“When MPs in other countries are threatened with violence because of how they vote, we call that tyranny, and we call that fascism, but that is what is happening here.”

Rudd: “The real issue is the attackers, who are potentially launching their hate and abuse. As far as the media are concerned, it covers not just national newspapers but internet companies, commentators and television.”

Earlier, Jeremy Corbyn singled out the Mail’s ‘Proud Of Yourselves?’ front page reaction to last week’s Government defeat as 11 Tories defied their party whip to give MPs a ‘meaningful’ vote on the Brexit deal.

 “The Daily Mail, which previously branded members of the judiciary as enemies of the people, is now whipping up hatred against backbench rebel MPs,” the Labour leader said. “Threats and intimidation have no place in our politics.”

Theresa May ducked any criticism of either the Mail or Telegraph, but stressed “there can never be a place for the threats of violence and intimidation against some members that we have seen in recent days”.

Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott pointed out that 45% of the Twitter abuse in the run-up to the general election was directed at her personally.

Abbott pointed the finger of blame not just at Twitter and Facebook but at national newspapers such as the Mail and Telegraph.

“When politicians get death threats as a result of how they vote in this House, that is not the primary responsibility of social media companies; if anyone is responsible, it is the headline writers who accuse judges of being ‘Enemies of the People’, and elected Members of Parliament of being ‘Mutineers’ and ‘Saboteurs’, when all they are doing is exercising their civil right to cast their vote in the House of Commons.”

Tory MP Antoinette Sandbach, another backbencher singled out by the newspapers, hit back at fellow MP Nadine Dorries for suggesting she and others should face deselection for not following the party line.

“Last week I was subjected to hundreds and hundreds of emails, many of which were abusive.

“The situation was not helped by Members calling for deselections. There is a clear link between abuse and certain parts of particular political parties calling for deselection.”

Rudd replied: “My honourable Friend is an exceptional Member of Parliament. She is always speaking out on behalf of not just our constituents, but what she believes in.

“I absolutely believe, as I think most colleagues in this House do, that she is exactly the sort of Member of Parliament that we should have here. Members such as my hon. Friend enhance our democracy, so she has my entire support.”

The Daily Mail said it supported the Goverment’s attempt to stamp out harassment of MPs, but added that should not be used to stifle legitimate debate on Brexit.

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Nigel Farage’s Woes Have Been Mocked In A Brilliant Thread Everyone Can Relate To

On Friday, Nigel Farage was interviewed in sympathetic fashion by the Daily Mail as he revealed he was “skint” after spending 18 years as a Ukip MEP fighting for Brexit.

Under the headline “53, separated and skint”, the interview also described how he cannot leave his “midweek home in Chelsea” for a pint for security reasons amid threats and abuse.

Not that there was much sympathy for Brexit’s cheerleader-in-chief on social media.

Farage has said he would claim his £73,000-a-year pension from the European Parliament after Brexit, but told the paper: “There’s no money in politics, particularly doing it the way I’ve done it, 20 years of spending more than you earn.”

But there was an epic response from one writer that topped the lot.

Travel journalist David Whitley imagined the every day frustrations that could also blight Farage …

… over an extraordinary 30-plus tweets.

Here are some of the most amusing.

READ THE FULL THREAD HERE.

The litany of how life can come at you fast prompted others to imagine further scenarios where Farage is left in the doldrums.  

Many others loved it, and even gave the phenomena a name: schadenfarage 

Presumably it’s the pleasure derived by someone from Farage’s misfortune.

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Dominic Grieve Says He’s Received Death Threats Over Brexit Rebellion As He Questions Daily Mail Reporting

The senior MP who led the Tory rebellion over Brexit has admitted receiving death threats as a result of his position as he criticised the Daily Mail’s reporting of the vote.

Dominic Grieve, the ex-Attorney General who led 10 fellow Conservatives to vote against Theresa May to give parliament a “meaningful” vote on the Brexit deal, warned of a “febrile” atmosphere that meant detail of the debate was being overlooked, and that it meant any questions raised about quitting the EU was deemed “sabotage”.

The MP told the Guardian this results in “some people expressing themselves in terms that at times include death threats”, and that he had death threats via voicemail and email.

He added: “The form of reporting that the Daily Mail adopts is an incitement to obscuring what the issues actually are. That then adds to the atmosphere.”

The Mail was accused of putting MPs at risk of abuse after it slammed the Tory rebels as “self-consumed malcontents” on its front page, asking: “Proud of yourselves?” 

The government was narrowly defeated in a key vote on its Brexit bill last night after a group of Conservatives sided with the opposition and voted in favour of giving MPs a meaningful vote of the exit deal agreed with Brussels. 

According to the newspaper, the Tory rebels, which also included Anna Soubry, and Nicky Morgan, have betrayed “their leader, party and 17.4 million Brexit voters”. 

Splashing the photos of the MPs across its front page, the Daily Mail lambasted the group for pulling the rug from underneath EU negotiators and increasing the possibility of a “Marxist in No.10″. 

Critics condemned the story as “outrageous and irresponsible”, calling the treatment of the rebel MPs “bullying”. 

A spokesperson for the Daily Mail said the accusations were “preposterous”.

“Is it now being suggested that because the Mail supports the British public’s decision to leave the EU it should be forbidden to report debates in Parliament?” 

Many of the MPs featured in the splash have hit back at the story, with Soubry agreeing that she is indeed proud of her decision to rebel. 

“We put our country first exerting British principles of democracy and free speech,” she rebuffed. “You should try it some time.” 

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Daily Mail Journalist Ann Leslie Slammed For Criticising Woman Who Report Sexual Harassment

A Daily Mail journalist has faced a backlash after criticising women for coming forward about being sexually harassed.

Speaking on Channel 4 News, Dame Ann Leslie told Krishnan Guru-Murthy that women “can’t have it both ways”.

The long-serving foreign correspondent condemned women who have spoke out in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein scandal as she revealed on the programme that she had been sexually assaulted by late Tory MP Nicholas Fairburn.

The journalist said that the Scottish politician, who died in 1995, put his hand on her crotch when they were both appearing on an episode of BBC Radio 4′s Any Questions.

She said: “However, what I don’t like about what’s going on now is feminists have been trying all the time to say ‘oh my goodness, women must be in power, they must be strong, they will be strong’.

“They seem to spend their time now saying women are traumatised because some some silly old drunk in Parliament put his hand on her knee or anything like that. You can’t have it both ways.

“You can’t say women are strong and empowered and then say they’re scared and they’re going to cry and all that sort of thing.”

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Kat Banyard, director of feminist pressure group UK Feminista, countered: “I think it shows how much courage the women and girls reporting sexual harassment have when on countless discussions on national TV and in the media this issue is still trivialised and dismissed, when we know actually sexual harassment is a routine, every day experience for many women and girls.”

Leslie also described recent revelations about sexual harassment which have been emerging from numerous industries, as well as from inside Parliament, as “pattercake, absolutely ridiculous”.

Leslie also claimed that women in the UK believe if they are touched on the arm, they “should scream and say ‘rape coming up’”, to which an astonished Guru-Murthy responded: “They don’t scream and say rape, they say stop treating me like a sexual object.”

Her comments prompted a wave of criticism on social media…

Her comments come as Theresa May has apologised to victims of sex harassment in Westminster, admitting that “too many” women have been subject to abuses of power “over too many years”.

The Prime Minister spoke after she, Jeremy Corbyn and other party leaders agreed to introduce new safeguards as early as next month to protect Parliamentary and political staff – amid fresh allegations of historic and current sleaze.

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J.K. Rowling made a huge correction to this ‘Daily Mail’ headline

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Just after midnight on Monday morning, a man drove a van into a crowd of Muslim worshippers outside Finsbury Park Mosque in London.

Ten people are injured and one man is dead, the BBC reports, and counter-terrorism officers are in attendance.

SEE ALSO: J.K. Rowling made a major correction to this ‘Daily Mail’ tweet

For awhile after the attack happened, though, some news headlines weren’t mentioning the word “terrorism”. This didn’t go unnoticed.

This is not an accident, it’s not a collision, it’s not revenge. It’s terrorism. The media should be calling it as such#FinsburyPark

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