Jeremy Corbyn hits out at online trolls
A number of MPs have received emails warning they would face deselection if they voted in favour of airstrikes today.
Many others have received emails from Momentum, the pro-Jeremy Corbyn campaign group, warning them they face dire consequences if they back the war.
Labour MP Jamie Reed said of the abuse: “It’s everywhere, it’s sanctioned and it’s rampant.”
The Labour leader spoke out this evening after receiving “a number of reports” about bullying in the party.
Mr Corbyn wrote on Facebook: “I want to be very clear – there is no place in the Labour Party or from those that support us - for bullying of any sort, from any side of the debate. It flies in the face of everything I believe and everything I stand for.
“Let us – all of us in the Labour Party - focus on building a party that can win in 2020. Let’s do that in a comradely fashion.”
He added: “I want a great debate within the party, I want all our members to have the opportunity to help create the policies that will lead us to victory in 2020. With a party of over 400,000 members we will not always agree and I think that is healthy for our party democracy.
“But democratic debate comes with responsibilities – the responsibility of respect for others, even if they don’t agree with you. Over recent days I have received a number of reports that there have been some incidents where Labour Party members and MPs have been abused.”