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Labour MP given police protection after threats blames ‘anger’ over Tory sleaze

Labour MP given police protection after threats blames ‘anger’ over Tory sleaze
独家的: ‘This immoral and corrupt behaviour here in Westminster does spill out into our communities and it builds resentment and anger’

一种 劳动 MP has revealed how a man was arrested at Westminster for threatening him and blamed “anger” over allegations of Tory sleaze for the incident.

Andy McDonald has now been given police protection for events in his Middlesbrough constituency, after the man – who was already known to the police – travelled to London demanding to see him.

He said the constituent had previously been in possession of a weapon, making the incident frightening for both him and his family.

它出现在 Kathryn Stone, the parliamentary commissioner for standards, received threats from members of the public after a Cabinet minister questioned her role 在里面 Owen Paterson lobbying scandal investigation.

Mr McDonald accused 鲍里斯·约翰逊 of “putting people at risk” by trying to rip up Commons anti-sleaze rules to prevent Mr Paterson being punished, 上个星期.

“The bottom line is that all of this immoral and corrupt behaviour here in Westminster does spill out into our communities and it builds resentment and anger,“ 他说 独立:

“And I know this very well. I’ve had this before, but it happened again with somebody demanding to see me in the most inappropriate way and the police having to be involved.

“Now I am now having to be escorted in my home town by Cleveland police officers to protect me and my staff and my family. That’s how it manifests itself.”

The government’s disregard for the rules “goes to the heart of our democracy and basic tenets of the rule of law and totally undermines everything,” he warned.

Mr McDonald called for a ban on MPs having outside jobs, 说: “That’s just wrong, it’s immoral. If £82,000 a year this isn’t good enough, go and get another job.

“And I would also put an end to the House of Lords and this conveyor belt of Tory treasurers buying their place in the Lords in return for £3m. It’s anathema to democracy.”

The criticism follows the revelation that no fewer than 16 Conservative treasurers have been handed peerages, after giving the party at least £3m each.

Speaking in Northumberland – on a visit which means he is missing the Commons debate on sleaze – the prime minister refused to apologise for the lobbying controversy.

Mr Johnson ducked a question about effectively selling peerages to donors and said he would not act on second jobs, which was an “issue” the Commons Speaker should examine.

It is understood that the man, who was arrested at Parliament last Thursday, was subsequently released by the police.