Online troll tried to get MP’s kids taken into care

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy was investigated by social services after a complaint was made to police

Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy

An online troll tried to get Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy’s two children taken into care.

MP Creasy told BBC Radio 4 she felt “humiliated” after being investigated by Waltham Forest Council’s social services department, following an allegation that her children were at “direct risk”, which was made to Leicestershire Police.

In an interview with the Today programme, MP Creasy said the man who reported her had previously emailed her office to complain about the work she was doing to prevent violence against women.

The council, who said they have a duty to “treat each case seriously and ensure the statutory process is followed”, found no action was needed.

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Leicestershire Police also investigated “a number of emails” the man sent to Stella Creasy’s office but decided not to give him a formal sanction as the messages did not constitute a criminal offence.

Stella said: “I was horrified and humiliated. My children now have a social services record and it sets the green light that, in public life, you can target these children. I think most people would think that’s unacceptable.

“It’s not a matter of free speech[…] he’d never met me, seen my children, he’d never been in a room with us; he simply disagreed with my views. That can’t stand in a thriving democracy because it’s going to drive people out of it.”

She said MPs did not want to be “put into glass cages” but that incidents like this were “the reason why a lot of women are put off” standing to be an MP as it is often “women who are targeted”.

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