Angela Rayner said one of her children wants her to stand down as an MP due to the number of threats she receives
Angela Rayner has told of her distress at repeated abuse including threats to “hunt her down” like murdered MP Jo Cox.
Labour’s deputy leader revealed how the harassment began when she first took on the role in 2020.
The MP told BBC North West Tonight that said she had now “got used to the abuse, which was sad in itself”.
Ms Rayner said that at least one of her children wants her to stand down as an MP due to the number of threats she receives.
Last month, former delivery driver Benjamin Iliffe was handed a two-year restraining order after he admitted sending a threatening email to the MP.
The 36-year-old warned the senior politician to “watch your back and your kids” in a message to her.
Ms Rayner, discussing the abuse she receives, said her youngest children had been trained in how to evacuate their home and how to use panic buttons due to police security concerns.
“They have had to get used to the police coming round, which is not what I would consider to be everyday existence for most children,” she said.
“My eldest son said, ‘Mum I don’t want you to do this anymore’. My mum literally thinks that people are out trying to kill me and it’s very difficult for her to see that.”
Ms Rayner now has a permanent police escort and has had panic buttons fitted in her home.
She said threats had become worse since she was elected deputy Labour leader, with some sending explicit death threats.
“I’ve had emails saying do us all a favour so we don’t have to hunt you down like your friend Jo Cox and just kill yourself now, so some of them have been particularly nasty and horrible,” she added.
Jo Cox was murdered outside a constituency surgery meeting in 2016 while serving as Labour MP for Batley and Spen.
Conservative Sir David Amess killed as he prepared to meet his Southend West constituents last month.
Ms Rayner recently apologised for her comments about Tory “scum” in a late-night event at the Labour Party conference.
In the wake of the murder of Sir David, Ms Rayner told the Mirror she had thought hard about the “threats and abuse” that feature in political life and she would consider her language more carefully in future.
She repeated her apology to the BBC about her choice of language.
She said: “On reflection of that, and seeing all the abuse that Conservative MPs were getting, I was devastated.
“Violence and abuse is not part of our democracy.”