Ex-Tory Remainer MP Antoinette Sandbach blasts the ‘toxic’ political atmosphere around Brexit as she receives a death threat warning her to ‘keep looking over your shoulder’ after being deselected by her local party
- An email said: ‘Keep looking over your shoulders … Boom Bang you are all dead’
- She posted it on Twitter the day after she lost a confidence vote in Cheshire seat
- Sandbach lost Tory whip after voting to block No Deal Brexit in September
A former Tory MP blasted the ‘toxic’ atmosphere in politics today as she revealed she received a death threat after being deselected as a candidate by her local party.
Antoinette Sandbach received an email this morning saying that Remain-backing MPs should ‘keep looking over your shoulders because Boom Bang you are all dead’.
The message, which she posted on Twitter, came after she lost a vote of confidence among members of her local Conservative Party association in Eddisbury in Cheshire on Tuesday night.
It effectively bars her from standing for them at the next general election, even if she has the whip restored first.
In a statement to constituents posted on Wednesday morning, Ms Sandbach said: ‘That politics has become so toxic that people see fit to send lies, abuse and even death threats to me is a sign that our democracy is ailing.
Antoinette Sandbach received an email this morning saying that Remain-backing MPs should ‘keep looking over your shoulders because Boom Bang you are all dead’
‘However, I have always stood up to bullies, and these kind of threats will not stop me from doing my job – representing you.’
Ms Sandbach, 50, was one of 21 Tories stripped of the whip by Boris Johnson after voting to block a No Deal Brexit, but she remained a Conservative Party member.
She added: ‘Perhaps my daughter Sacha said it best at the vote last night, when she saw how unpleasant some members of the local Conservative Party were.
‘She told them that ”some of the language you adults use we wouldn’t be allowed to use at school.
”We are taught respect, and values, and I don’t see that in the way some people have behaved towards my mother.
”She has taught me to stand up to bullies, and I watch and hear as you spread lies and gossip about her that isn’t true.
”You should be proud of her rather than undermining her”.’
Parliamentary colleagues offered their support following the abuse, including former Tory chancellor Philip Hammond, another of the ousted 21 MPs.
He tweeted: ‘A committed and hard working MP, a moderate One Nation conservative, and someone who voted for a Brexit deal that would have seen us leave on March 29th.
‘It’s sad and perplexing when good people like Antoinette are forced out.’
Amber Rudd, who recently quit the Cabinet and the party, tweeted: ‘Nobody should be receiving this sort of abuse.
‘Anyone who does, should have sympathy, protection, support. To Antoinette I offer my admiration for her principles and courage.
‘No 10 campaign must moderate its langauge (sic) & tone to MPs or we will see more of this.’