Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

United Kingdom

Tory activist jailed for threat against Labour’s Yvette Cooper

A Tory activist has been jailed for threatening to have former Labour Minister Yvette Cooper “beat up”.

Joshua Spencer, 25, sent a message on a social media site.

He said Ms Cooper should “pay” for trying to stop Brexit and he would have a “crack head” see she was “beat up”.

Advertisement

He added: “I’m already organising her to her hurt [sic]. Amazing what crack heads will do for £100.

“I’m gonna get her beat up.”

Spencer described himself on Twitter as deputy chair of Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford Conservatives.

He sent the message about Ms Cooper on April 11 last year.

He was sentenced to nine weeks in prison.

Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns gave the court a written character reference for Spencer.

She said he was “a decent and honest person whose heart is in the right place and who always helps people in need”.

In an out of court statement Ms Cooper said:

“Disagreement and debate are a healthy part of our politics.

“But violent threats, intimidation and abuse, online or offline, undermine our democracy.

“MPs across the country, particularly women MPs, have unfortunately become accustomed to a continued stream of abuse online and threats from a small number of people, often on the extreme fringes of politics.

“But this behaviour is not normal, and we must never treat it as so.”

“In this case the individual lives in my constituency, has contacted me directly on a regular basis, is an active member of the local Conservative party and prominent in mainstream local politics in my constituency.

“I understand he denied responsibility for some considerable time and I am still not aware of any expression of remorse or regret.

“During the period in which the police were investigating he also continued to contact me and organised a hostile event outside my constituency office.

“Given the nature of the Facebook message and his continued behaviour, I and my office have had to take the threat very seriously.”

Cooper has written to Conservative Party to see what action the party is now taking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Latest Tweets

London Globe

Tory deputy chief whip resigns after allegations of “drinking and groping” at private members’ club in London. zpr.io/zBXa2sQjTsAg zpr.io/zBXa2sQjTsAg #news #londonglobe #unitedkingdom

Advertisement

You May Also Like

Business

The controversial Russian businessman Viktor Baturin, well-known for his years-long counterstanding with his wealthy sister Elena, widow of Moscow ex-mayor Yuri Luzhkov, is likely...

European Union

On April 9, 2022 Dimash Qudaibergen’s first solo concert in Germany took place in Düsseldorf. The colossal energy and the atmosphere of unity did...

United Kingdom

A rare £100 bank note given to a charity shop has been sold for £140,000 at auction. Oxfam volunteer worker Paul Wyman spotted the...

United Kingdom

The Watneys Party Seven is making a comeback. The ubiquitous 70s beer was a bland fizzing bitter ridiculed by many. The drink’s insipidness helped...