Popular Liverpool left-winger implements new security procedures at constituency surgeries after extremist seen at his office
Left-wing MP of the Year Ian Byrne has published a statement notifying constituents of new security measures to be implemented at his local surgeries after a right-wing extremist made death threats against him and was then photographed outside Byrne’s office.
The MP has also thanked Jewish community groups who alerted him and police to the threat and have provided support throughout, along with local police:
In June I was contacted regarding a possible threat to the life of myself, family and office staff.
A far right extremist who had been posting vile threats to the Jewish community on extremist websites had also posted comments about the murder of Sir David Amess MP, saying he would not be the last MP to die. The individual was then photographed outside my office in West Derby.
I would like to place on record my sincere thanks to the organisations from the Jewish community who flagged this threat to me and to the counter terrorism unit in Parliament. Their support has been excellent throughout this worrying episode, as has that of Merseyside Police who have offered security guidance to help assuage our very real fears.
My office will once again commence face-to-face surgeries in the community from September, but the security of my team must be paramount and our previous procedures will sadly need to change.
Once again thank you to all involved in supporting myself, family and staff during a difficult time.
This is a sobering reminder of the dangers faced by all who work in the public eye for a society free from division and hate.
Skwawkbox understands that no arrests have yet been made.
Ian Byrne is far from the first left-wing MP to be threatened by right-wing extremists after standing up for ordinary people, or following gross misrepresentation by the so-called ‘mainstream media’ and the Labour right. Byrne has even been smeared by local Labour right-wingers, who have falsely claimed that his office was not open when it was operating on an appointment-only basis on police advice.
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