Peter Bone read the email in the House of Commons on the sixth anniversary of the killing of Labor MP Jo Cox – as he condemned the ‘sick’ element of society that perpetuates abuse
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A Tory MP was told in an abusive email he read in Parliament on the sixth anniversary of Jo Cox’s murder: “I hope you get a horrible, painful cancer”.
Peter Bone condemned the ‘sick’ element of society which is still threatening MPs from across the divide following the Labor MP’s death.
He said she was “a happy young Labor MP who would clearly make a mark on this place” and also mentioned the murder of his “dear friend”, Conservative David Amess.
Mr Bone added: “I thought it might be helpful for the House if I read an email I received yesterday.”
“Hi, I just wanted to tell you something Peter, you’re a hater – and then the next word starts with F and the next word starts with C – I hope you get a horrible, painful cancer and go through agony, either that or someone kicks – the F-word again – out of you on the street’.”
He added: “This is obviously not fair to me, it’s not fair to my staff who have to read this and it’s not fair to my family members.
“I’m not bringing that up today because it’s about me, because I bet practically everyone in this house has had one, and I think on the anniversary that we remember Jo, I’m wondering if the Speaker of the House could have an explanation or discuss, but above all have something to do, something to stop this sick element in society.”
The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, described the email as “appalling” and added that he would be speaking to Parliament’s security chief “immediately after” the debate.
“I just want to remind members, if you receive emails, threats or intimidation, please let us know,” he said.
“Please address them to the police in the constituency, but definitely speak to the people here.
“That’s not acceptable, that’s not acceptable, we won’t put up with that, we’ll follow up on what was said.”
Commons leader Mark Spencer said Mr Bone’s email was a “poignant moment to reflect on colleagues we’ve lost and to realize how serious this is”.
He added: “Sometimes it’s easy to just dismiss such emails as email, but in fact sometimes it turns into physical violence and that needs to be avoided.”
Speaking to the PA news agency after his appearance in the House of Commons, Mr Bone confirmed he had reported the email to the police in his constituency.
“It has to be released to know that it’s too widespread now,” he said. “When I first came in, it wasn’t like that.”
Mr Bone has previously spoken of abuse he was subjected to, including having the words “Tory Sleaze” written on his constituency office.
He has also called for support for proposed cybersecurity reforms to stop “abhorrent” behavior he has encountered.
During a previous Commons debate, Mr Bone said: “A few years ago there was an image on social media of my young son being executed – beheaded – in an Isis-like scenario.
“It wasn’t my son. It was someone else. But it should be representative of my son.”
Jo Cox was murdered on June 16, 2016 at an event in her constituency of Batley and Spen.
Southend West MP David Amess was stabbed to death during a constituency operation in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex last October.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/tory-mp-told-i-hope-27252650 Tory MP said in a 'sick' abusive email: 'I hope you get cancer and are in agony'.