YVETTE COOPER’S daughter yesterday revealed how she fears for her MP mother’s safety after the murder of Jo Cox — and accused Boris Johnson of ‘using language that helps incite violence’.
Ellie Cooper, 20, whose father is former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, wrote on Twitter that she was ‘scared every single day’ that her mother could also be attacked.
She said the day Labour’s Mrs Cox was murdered by neo-Nazi Thomas Mair in 2016, ‘my perspective of the world completely changed’.
She said: ‘I just rang my mum on my way home from school to complain about the usual things and I distinctly remember her interrupting me to say, “an MP’s been shot”.’ She said the family home is now fitted with panic buttons, industrial locks and explosive bags to catch the post.
Ms Cooper added that seeing her mother called a traitor and liar online left her scared it could happen again.
She criticised Mr Johnson for using language that ‘helps incite violence towards MPs’, saying: ‘I rarely tweet, especially about politics — but after the chilling scenes in parliament last night I just don’t think I can stay quiet any more. There’s a group of young people that need to be spoken for. Boris Johnson, take a stand. It’s your job to unite the country.’
Last night, Home Affairs select committee chair Yvette Cooper said: ‘I am very proud of my brave daughter.’