MPs need protection against “violent public”, report claims

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The government have been warned that more needs to be done to protect MPs from the public after a report has found that four out of five have been victims of aggressive or intrusive behaviour.

According the report many had been concerned for their safety when dealing with the public and as many as 36 even feared going out in public.

The study found that a fifth of the 239 MPs questioned had been subjected to an attack, 41 per cent had been threatened with violence, and 38 per cent claimed that they have been stalked.

According to the report: “One MP described how his marriage was close to breakdown, as his wife blamed him for the persistent amorous intrusions of a female constituent,” the research notes.

It added: “One MP described how she had to get her husband to go out and look down the street before she could go out of the front door. She had panic attacks several times a day, even in the House of Commons, leading to a ‘mad way of life’.”

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