One MP described evacuating her home with her children in the middle of the night after receiving a death threat.
Labor MP Naz Shah explained how she voted 999 after receiving the threat because she “really felt it was an imminent gun threat”.
Ms. Shah, Shadow Secretary for Community Cohesion and MP for Bradford West, spoke after Sundas Alam, 30, admitted a series of charges in York Crown Court on Thursday related to sending death threats.
She said, “I’ve never had to call 999, this was the first time.
“It was the length of time between one email and the other. I thought ‘this is someone who cooks for so many hours’ and actually said ‘how do you want that rifle in your head or through the window?’ “
She said she thought, “Are you going to tell me you’re in front of my house?”
“It was really, really real at the time,” said Ms. Shah.
After Ms. Shah received the Alam threats in April, she stayed home and waited for the police but made sure that her children were taken to a safe place.
“I have thick skin and just keep going, but my children and family are worried. That causes more concern, “she said.
York Crown Court confirmed that Alam, of Princeville Street, Bradford, admitted three cases of malicious messages sent and one of perversion of legal process during her trial.
She was taken into custody and will be sentenced on November 29th.
Ms. Shah said what made the situation worse is that Alam used cloned email addresses to deliver the threats, which resulted in an innocent family member being dragged out of their beds by armed police and interrogated for 20 hours became.
This is not the first time Ms. Shah has received such threats. In August 2019, Stewart Hanson, 57, of The Woodlands, Tranmere, was jailed for 12 weeks for sending offensive emails to the MP.
Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer said his thoughts were with Ms. Shah and her family, “after all they have endured”.
“Nobody should put up with such threats,” he said. “Unfortunately for too many in public life this is the reality.”