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Online hate for MPs is ‘out of control’, says deputy PM, in wake of Sir David Amess murder

Written by on October 18, 2021

The deputy prime minister has said online hate is “out of control” but a wedge should not be put in between MPs and their constituents after the murder of Sir David Amess.

Dominic Raab called for the vilification of MPs to stop as he paid tribute to Sir David, who was stabbed to death at a routine meeting with his constituents on Friday.

Mr Raab, who is also the justice secretary, told Sky News’ Kay Burley: “The elephant in the room of all this is the amount of online hate that we all get is out of control.

“I know the home secretary has talked about what more she wants to do there, the online bill is going through pre-legislative scrutiny.

“I’m a free speech man, I want to defend that to my dying days but, at the same time, I think the amount of abuse, the vilification directed at MPs, particularly female MPs, has got to stop.”


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