Angela Rayner has voiced her concerns about the targeted online abuse Host this morning.
The couple were targeted on social media for claims they jumped in line to see Queen lies in state Earlier this month at Westminster Hall.
Labor Deputy Leader Ms Rayner, who herself has faced horrific online abuse, including death threats, said she was concerned by the attacks on the TV stars.
“It hurts when people think they can call you fat and all that stuff,” Ms. Rayner said, reflecting on the abuse she has endured.
“I saw it with what happened recently with Philip Schofield and Holly.
“I was worried about them because even though they’re celebrities… they’re people and I’m just like, ‘wow.’
“I just find the way the online attack is happening to her as a human being very damaging.”
Schofield and Willoughby visited the state lying down to film a segment for her ITV morning show without attending the public queue.
The couple acknowledged the backlash but stressed that they “respected” the rules laid down for the media.
Speaking on an episode of This Morning last week, Holly said: “Like hundreds of accredited journalists, we were given permission to enter the room.
“The rules were that we were quickly escorted through an entrance and didn’t walk past the coffin.
“None of the broadcasters and journalists sat anyone in the queue.
“Of course we respected their views. Please note we would never line up.”
Speaking at a side event at the Labor Party conference, Ms Rayner said the scale of online abuse means it is important for Parliament to legislate.
Her message to social media firms was, “It’s your gaff, sort that out, you have a responsibility to do that,” but self-regulation had failed so far.
“They were trying to regulate themselves, they were trying to say, ‘We’ll take care of you.’ They didn’t do it, they weren’t able to do it, and now it’s time for us to legislate.”
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