Man who sent MP death threat letter jailed

Alden Barlow

A man who sent a “sickening” death-threat letter to MP Anna Soubry has been jailed.

Alden Barlow, 55, sent the note to Ms Soubry’s constituency office in Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire.

The letter was a reference to the murdered Labour MP Jo Cox.


Barlow, from Doncaster, South Yorkshire, admitted sending the letter.

He was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court for 12 months.

He was also given a 10-year restraining order against Ms Soubry, who is standing as a candidate for The Independent Group for Change in the General Election.

Barlow was caught through fingerprint analysis and CCTV from the post office counter in Doncaster where he posted the letter.

Chief Crown prosecutor Gerry Wareham described the note as a “sickening and ominous attack on democracy”.

He said: ‘Ms Soubry and her staff in the constituency office understandably found the message deeply disturbing and highly offensive.

“I hope the sentence Barlow received today is of some comfort to Ms Soubry and her colleagues and a deterrent to anyone else contemplating such despicable actions against a parliamentary representative or candidate.”

Jo Cox was the Labour MP for Batley and Spen when she was murdered in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in 2016.


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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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