After her powerful speech supporting UK air strikes on Syria, Wealden MP Nus Ghani was targeted by internet trolls.
Ms Ghani received threatening messages after last week’s debate. The Facebook messages have been reported to police.
She said: “It is unfortunate that people think it is appropriate to threaten anybody in a democratic country. It is quite interesting that women get it more than men.”
Ms Ghani told the Sussex Express: “People have asked me why I have voted to extend air strikes. Air strikes from Iraq into Syria will enable us to bring peace to the Middle East. A quarter of a million lives have already been lost. Tens of thousands of people are being butchered; for being female, disabled, gay or of another religion. We cannot bring stability to the Middle East unless we remove Da’esh.”
Nus explained the decision was difficult, hence the ten-and-a-half hour debate, but she was shocked at how the country’s reputation for free speech had descended into the racist, misogynist and violent messages she received.
She said is hugely grateful to the ‘wonderful people of Wealden’ who have offered their support. She told the Commons: “As a Muslim woman I stand with people of all faiths who abhor Da’esh’s ideology, their rhetoric and their actions.”
Air strikes were also supported by Heathfield MP Huw Merriman who said: “ISIL are plotting attacks on the UK and neighbouring countries from Syria.
“We must play a part in stopping this and not contract out our national security.”
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