Female MPs: We've had rape threats and abuse online
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Diane Abbott, Hannah Bardell and Jo Swinson on cyber abuse

Labour's Diane Abbott, the SNP's Hannah Bardell and former Liberal Democrat minister Jo Swinson have revealed the levels of online abuse they received as Members of Parliament.

BBC Radio 5 live approached current and former female MPs and asked whether they had faced abusive comments or threats on the internet.

Not every MP responded: some said they did not answer surveys; one said it was not something she had ever experienced; some asked to be kept anonymous and told us they did not want to make it an issue. However, many said they routinely faced abuse.

This clip is originally from Stephen Nolan, Sunday 22 May 2016.

  • 22 May 2016
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