Man arrested in Yorkshire after Labour’s Angela Rayner receives threatening calls
A man from West Yorkshire has been arrested after deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner received a string of threatening and abusive phone calls.
Greater Manchester Police said officers apprehended a 52-year-old man at a property in Halifax on Wednesday morning.
He was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications, in connection with abusive phone calls made on Friday, October 15, and later released on bail.
Ms Rayner, a mother-of-three who represents Ashton-under-Lyme, has reported receiving the threatening contacts over a number of weeks.
A spokesman for Ms Rayner said: “Angela and her staff have received a number of threatening, malicious and abusive communications in recent weeks.
“We are working with the police to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice and Angela would like to thank the police for their work during these investigations.
“Abuse and threats of this nature don’t just have an impact on Angela but also on her family, her children and her staff who are on the receiving end of these communications.“
The arrest comes at a time when there is increased concern over the safety of MPs and the level of abuse they receive following the killing of Sir David Amess.
The veteran Conservative MP for Southend West was fatally stabbed in a suspected terror attack during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
Ms Rayner is currently on bereavement leave after losing a close loved one and is hoping to return to work “as soon as possible”.
Greater Manchester Police’s Detective Sergeant Christopher Dean said: “Abusive, threatening or bullying behaviour towards anyone is completely unacceptable and we will always do what we can to ensure those responsible are identified and held accountable for their behaviour.
“Although we have arrested one man our investigation remains very much ongoing and we will continue to pursue all available lines of inquiry to identify all those responsible.”