David Lammy: ‘Vile racist’ found guilty of sending death threats to Labor MP | Political news

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Shadow Foreign Secretary David Lammy has said he will not be silenced by the far right after a ‘despicable racist’ was found guilty of sending the MP a death threat.

Glenn Broadbent sent the Labor MP for Tottenham a message on Twitter which read: “Are you hanging from a tree monkey boy? You’ll be hanging from a lamppost if you’re not careful.”

The 62-year-old, from Greenside Road, Leeds, was found guilty on Tuesday and sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

He received a restraining order prohibiting him from contacting Mr. Lammy.

Broadbent, who used a different name on Twitter, was also fined £2,000 and fined £128 and costs £85.

Friday, Mr. lamy said: “Happy to report that a despicable racist who sent me this death threat under an alias has finally been found guilty, given a suspended sentence and fined thanks to @WestYorksPolice.

“The far right will never silence me or prevent me from standing up for justice.”

Broadbent admitted sending a grossly offensive message via social media, as well as a threatening message, which violated the Communications Act 2003.

Chief Superintendent Damien Miller, Leeds District Commander, said: “No one should have to put up with the kind of disgusting racist abuse directed at Mr Lammy.

“West Yorkshire Police will always treat any reports of hate crime seriously and will endeavor to identify those responsible and take appropriate action against them.

“MPs can be particular targets of threats and abuse, directly or online, and we continue to work closely with them and their staff to protect and reassure them in carrying out their vital public duty.”

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