Cabinet minister Andrea Leadsom has hit out at a “coward” who sent her an anonymous death threat, as police confirmed they are now investigating four such messages sent to MPs.
The Leader of the House of Commons, who appears to have been targeted due to her support for Brexit, revealed on Monday she has received a letter promising to “take lives”.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said two of the letters were reported to the force on Friday, while the other two were brought to its attention on Monday.
The letter to Mrs Leadsom, signed by “THE REAL 48 PER CENT”, reads: “If you attempt to take away part of someone’s identity, there are consequences.
“We have watched as you have led us to the edge of the abyss. We will watch no longer.
“You have taken lives on our side. Now we will take lives on yours. We are coming for you.”
Posting an image of the letter on Twitter, which was addressed to her in Parliament, Ms Leadsom commented: “Pretty despicable whoever sent me this.
“We live in a democracy – death threats because you don’t agree? And unsigned? Coward…”
Last week, fellow Leave-supporting Tory MP Zac Goldsmith said a similar letter had been sent to an 80-year-old in his Richmond Park constituency.
The Guido Fawkes website reported six prominent Leave donors had also received similar letters.
Late last year, Remain-supporting Conservative backbencher Dominic Grieve was forced to report death threats to police after leading efforts to defeat the Government on flagship Brexit legislation.
Other Tory Remainer rebels, who have been dubbed “mutineers”, have also previously revealed death threats.
Ms Leadsom was a prominent member of the Vote Leave campaign during the EU referendum and argued for Brexit in a national TV debate.
She also challenged Theresa May for the Conservative leadership in 2016 before withdrawing from the race.
Last week, the Prime Minister used a speech marking the centenary of some women being given the vote to warn of a “coarsening” of public debate.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police are aware of threatening letters sent to four Members of Parliament at the House of Commons.
“Two of the letters were reported to police on Friday February 9, and two on Monday February 12.
“The letters are being investigated by officers from the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team within the Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection Command.
“There has been no arrest at this stage. Enquiries are ongoing.”
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