Jeremy Corbyn condemns Angela Eagle office attack and reveals he has received death threats

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12th July 2016

Jeremy Corbyn has “utterly condemned” an attack on the office of Angela Eagle - who has launched a bid to topple him - and revealed he has himself received death threats.

Jeremy Corbyn spoke out after his challenger Angela Eagle's office was subject to an attack
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A brick was thrown through the window of Ms Eagle’s Wallasey constituency office after she yesterday launched her leadership challenge against Mr Corbyn.

Merseyside Police confirmed they were investigating the incident.

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Her staff have also received threats, and she was forced to relocate an event today after the venue it was planned for also received abuse.

Embattled party leader Mr Corbyn today said it was “extremely concerning” that Ms Eagle had been the “victim of a threatening act” and that other MPs had received threats.

He added: “As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement.

“I utterly condemn any violence or threats, which undermine the democracy within our party and have no place in our politics.”

A spokesperson for Ms Eagle said in a statement: "A brick was thrown through the window of Angela Eagle’s constituency office in Wallasey either over night or this morning.

"The police were informed and have visited.

"A members meet and greet and Q&A in Luton today with local MP Gavin Shuker had to be relocated after the venue, a hotel, apparently received threats.

"Police were informed and have offered protection for the event. Angela is continuing with the visit as planned."

'CHILLING'

Labour MP Wes Streeting hit out at colleagues and trade union leaders who have used incendiary language as the battle for the soul of the Labour party rages on.

"Threats to MPs are in themselves chilling in a democracy, but they also have an impact on the people who work for us,” he told PoliticsHome.

“Labour MPs and trade union leaders whipping up hostility to MPs mounting a democratic challenge should reflect heavily on the consequences of their words."

His comments could refer to Unite general secretary Len McLuskey, who yesterday condemned the ongoing parliamentary coup against Mr Corbyn in strong terms.

“This was an attempted political lynching, designed to bully and bludgeon Jeremy Corbyn, this deeply decent and kind man, out of the job he was elected to do,” he railed.

'DISGRACEFUL'

Labour MP and Ms Eagle’s sister Maria said the office attack was “despicable”, while colleague Stephen Kinnock told PoliticsHome: "I think it's disgraceful. So much for the gentler, kinder politics." 

Other Labour MPs lined up to condemn the incident on Twitter.

Commons Speaker John Bercow meanwhile said: “We are a pluralist society and if people think they are going to get their way by violence, threats and intimidation they will soon find themselves wrong.”