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Police called in as MPs are sent Brexit death threat letters

Defiant:
Andrea
Leadsom said
the sender of
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a ‘coward’ PICTURE: REX

CABINET minister Andrea Leadsom is among four MPs who have called in the police after receiving death threats over Brexit in the post.

The leader of the House of Commons tweeted a copy of her letter, which said: ‘You have taken lives on our side. Now we will take lives on yours. We are coming for you.’

Pro-Brexit Ms Leadsom said: ‘Pretty despicable… We live in a democracy — death threats because you don’t agree? And unsigned? Coward…’

The letter is thought to refer to Labour MP Jo Cox, murdered by a far-right extremist while campaigning for Remain in the 2016 EU referendum.

The Met Police said they are also investigating similar letters sent to three other MPs.

All the correspondence is believed to be from someone calling themselves ‘The Real 48 per cent’, thought to be a reference to the proportion who voted Remain in the referendum.

It comes a week after Tory MP Zac Goldsmith said an 80-year-old constituent got a near-identical letter. The author may have sent threats to those in an online article entitled: ‘The 21 biggest donors to the Brexit campaign,’ along with prominent Leave MPs.

Sceptics on social media noted the unusual phrasing of the letter. Twitter user Josh Pope wrote: ‘I’ve never seen any Remainer use the phrase “The Real 48 Per Cent”. Does make you wonder if it’s been staged by one of the many, many nutters on the right… to drum up support.’

UKIP’S chairman last night resigned ahead of talks to decide the fate of party leader Henry Bolton. Paul Oakden said his final act will be to chair Saturday’s extraordinary meeting in Birmingham where party members will vote on Mr Bolton’s leadership. A motion of no confidence has been passed against Mr Bolton, 54, who has faced a revolt by senior figures in protest at his relationship with model Jo Marney, 25, after she sent racist messages about Meghan Markle.