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Is violence against MPs ever a "price worth paying"?

October 25, 2019 3:10 PM
By Southampton Liberal Democrats

Research reported by the Guardian today suggests that a majority of voters believe violence against MPs is a "price worth paying" in order to achieve their desired Brexit outcome.

Commenting on the report, Liz Jarvis, Parliamentary spokesperson for Southampton Itchen, said:

"I am horrified, saddened and concerned that anyone could think that violence against MPs is ever acceptable. It is crucial for politicians, commentators, activists and members of the press alike to stop fuelling hatred and division in our country and consider the ramifications of their actions.

"We live in a democracy and MPs are elected," she added. "If you're unhappy with your MP then you have the option to vote in a new one."

Joe Richards, Parliamentary spokesperson for Southampton Itchen, commented:

"It is worth reminding ourselves that while politics can become heated, politicians themselves are for the most part well meaning and hardworking people - mothers, children, grandparents, members of our communities - that like all of us ought to be able to work without fear of violence.

"We all, inside politics and out, should continue to moderate our language and our rhetoric.

"I am troubled by these findings. They do not reflect the UK I know, and I think most people in this country would disassociate themselves from such views."