Police investigating ‘threat’ made against Welsh Labour MP
The police are investigating a “threat” made to a Welsh Labour MP, he has revealed.
Chris Elmore, who represents Ogmore, said he’s been told by a constituent that he “shouldn’t be walking around the streets at night”.
He made the revelation on the ITV Wales podcast, The New Normal with Adrian Masters, and added that abuse and threats of violence should not be accepted as “part of the job.”
South Wales Police has confirmed it received a report of the threat.
Elmore told the podcast: “You know, I had a threat just 10 days ago. The police are now investigating a constituent who… warned me that I shouldn’t be walking around the streets at night and suggested they know where I live. And that’s being investigated.”
He added: “I hate this phrase: ‘It’s part of the job’, it isn’t part of the job. But I fear that increasingly politicians just think it is part of the job, that you have to take it on the chin.
“And I actually think that can’t be ‘the new normal’ – to coin the phrase of this podcast – that that cannot be the new normal, that threats are just accepted if you’re in public life.”
‘Should not have to deal with this’
Liberal Democrat Senedd member, Jane Dodds said: “Chris is absolutely right. It’s not inbuilt; we should not think, ‘yes, this is fine, let’s just expect this as part of the job, let’s expect extra security, etc.’ We should not have to deal with this.
“It is about talking to people about what we’re all trying to do. I was a social worker for twenty seven years and it is certainly part of the public sector framework that people think that it’s OK to abuse people who work in the public sector and who give a public service, and it isn’t. So we just have to keep standing up against that.”
Elmore, he is focussing on the UK Government’s Online Harms Bill when it comes back to parliament in the autumn.
He said online abuse “is huge and it’s growing and it doesn’t discriminate no matter what your background, who you are or where you’re from.
“I think it has a far greater impact, as Jane has mentioned, on women. But you see what’s happening to… black footballers and the abuse they’re facing. And it isn’t going away.”
He said the legislation is “hugely significant [in that] we’re looking to regulate platforms and trying to find ways of dealing with anonymity that really need tackling quite urgently.”