Brexit: Labour’s Paula Sherriff accuses Boris Johnson of inciting hatred against MPs – live news




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The Labour MP says she was horrified by the PM’s dismissal of her concerns about threats to politicians

Good morning. I’m Andrew Sparrow, picking up from Matthew Weaver.

One consequence of Boris Johnson’s extraordinary provocative and divisive performance in the Commons last night is that it has made it much, much harder to see how any opposition MPs could vote with him for a Brexit deal in the next few weeks. It is hard to know whether he is even at all serious about trying to get an agreement through the Commons.

For those of us who do want to work cross-party to achieve a deal, this is making it much, much more difficult.

The Labour MP Paula Sherriff has accused the prime minister of inciting hatred against MPs.

Speaking to the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme she said she was horrified by Boris Johnson dismissal of her concerns about threats to MPs as “humbug”.

This is the face of the Labour Party today. Utterly toxic. https://t.co/YidW5GppfE

“The abuse come every day, thankfully the death threats don’t. Last night the overwhelming majority of the communications I received were supportive, including from many Conservative supporters. But equally I received some horrific abuse last night much of it misogynistic. We urgently need to dial down the rhetoric.”

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