Wednesday , 22 May 2019

Angela Eagle victim of brick and homophobic attacks

Angela Eagle
Angela Eagle

Angela Eagle has had a brick thrown through the window of her constituency office, as well as receiving abusive phone calls and homophobic slurs on social media.

Angela Eagle's office hit by a brick
Angela Eagle’s office hit by a brick

Staff at Eagle’s constituency office in Wallasey, Merseyside are said to have been left “shaken” and called the police after the incident.

A message was also left on her House of Commons office answer phone system, which staff picked up on Tuesday morning, calling Ms Eagle a “f****** b****”.

Ms Eagle has also faced a barrage homophobic abuse, with one twitter user stating:

Helen Osgood who works at Ms Eagle’s office, told the Liverpool Echo: “I think that all of this violence needs to stop. We can’t live in a society that’s divided by hatred like this.

“I’m calling for people to stop this violence and the bad behaviour and let’s just get behind whatever leader you choose.”

Osgood said that extra security measures might be considered by the police following the abuse.

Angela Eagle’s Facebook has also been spammed by supporters of Jeremy Corbyn, who have been commenting in their thousands “#supportcorbyn” and sometimes even abusive message beneath her posts.

Angela Eagle FacebookOther posts on Facebook included sexist abuse about how the pink colour of her campaign is “not in tune” with her being “unfeminine” and “butch”.

It was alleged last week that Eagle had received homophobic abuse from members of her constituency party, while a man was found guilty of sending another Labour MP, Ben Bradshaw, messages containing death threats and homophobic insults.

In a statement, Labour’s leader Jeremy Corbyn said: “It is extremely concerning that Angela Eagle has been the victim of a threatening act and that other MPs are receiving abuse and threats.  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.”

Merseyside police said today: “Merseyside Police can confirm they were called to premises in Manor Road, Wallasey, today, Tuesday 12 July, following reports of criminal damage.

“It is believed that between 5pm last night (Monday) and 9am today, damage was caused to the front ground floor window of an office.

“The incident was reported to Merseyside Police at 9.55am today. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.”

Labour’s NEC will today vote on whether Corbyn would need thesupport of 51 MPs to make it onto the ballot in the leadership contest – votes which is extremely unlikely he would be able to get.

About Dan Littauer

Dan Littauer is a journalist who specializes in LGBTI current affairs, travel writing, feature writing and investigative journalism. He is a correspondent for LGBTQ Nation, ManAboutWorld, and previously worked for Gay Star News, PinkNews, San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, Gay Middle East, Lonely Planet as well as contributing occasionally to the BBC, Al-Jazeera, CNN and The Guardian. He also had an extensive career outside journalism, which included teaching psychoanalysis and social science, and consultancy work for the travel market. When he is not busy writing, he can be spotted rambling around the stunning Scottish landscape, where he lives, spending time at home with his cat.

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