Labour Party MP Jess Phillips told Sky News’ Sophy Ridge that there are people under police investigation for “threatening to kill her”. Discussing the abuse she has faced, Ms Phillips said she thinks she receives abuse because she “says what she thinks” and because people want her to say that “Jeremy Corbyn is the best thing since sliced bread”. She said: “We are pretty split over Brexit, but within those different factions that have always existed, there is cross-over.
“At the moment you have got me and Clive Lewis working hand-in-hand trying to achieve something that we think is best for the country.
“Actually there is a sort of purpose, and if people like me leave the Labour Party, which I have to say it’s not always easy.
“I have got people from the Labour Party who are currently under police investigation for threatening to kill me”.
Ridge asked why Ms Phillips felt she had become “such a lightning rod for this kind of abuse”.
The Labour MP replied: “Because I say what I think and because I can’t be controlled.
“Like anyone who wants to control you, in politics, there are a lot of people who want to control you and make you say certain things, whether that is your party or your local membership.
“I have to say I don’t have a problem with my local membership, they are lovely, kind people and reasonable, we have reasonable conversations.
“But, if you can’t control what a person says with the normal mechanisms of ‘we will get rid of you’ the threats, even the nice approach.
“If you can’t make them say exactly what you want, and they want me to say that basically ‘Jeremy Corbyn is the best thing since sliced bread’.
“If they can’t make you, like in any power and control model, violence is that way to control and uncontrollable person.
“So, that’s why I became a lightning rod because I say what I think.”
Ms Phillips added: “Also, I am a woman, that doesn’t help. Also, I think they consider that they have to intimidate me and try to make the things that I say not credible.
“There is a propaganda war that goes on that tries to take the credibility of your voice away because they are worried that people listen to me.”
Express.co.uk has contacted the Labour Party for comment.