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Man, 34, 'sent death threat to Corbyn after branding him a terrorist'

Will Taylor
·News Reporter
·2-min read
File photo dated 15/03/20 of Jeremy Corbyn who has lost a bid for disclosure of documents from the Labour Party ahead of an anticipated High Court claim over his suspension. The former leader of the Opposition is considering legal action over his suspension from the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP), which could see him seek
Jeremy Corbyn was among the politicians allegedly sent threatening messages. (PA)

A 34-year-old man has been charged with sending threatening emails politicians, including telling Jeremy Corbyn he should be executed as a "terrorist".

Paul Ritchie has been charged with almost 30 counts of sending a letter, communication or article conveying a threatening message, some of which were in said to be in reference to Brexit.

His alleged targets also include former speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow, former attorney general Dominic Grieve, ex-Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson, current leader Sir Ed Davey and SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford.

Former cabinet minister Rory Stewart, ex-home secretary Amber Rudd and previous politician Chuka Umunna are also said to have been recipients of the messages.

Court documents say Ritchie is accused of sending Corbyn an email in March 2019 which included the words: “You should be hung for treason you f****** terrorist”.

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He allegedly sent emails to Bercow's office saying “1 in 17 million is bad odds for some nutter to pull a Jo Cox on you and your staff” and "be careful… [y]ou wouldn’t want to get run over".

Ritchie, of Dolphinton, Lanarkshire, Scotland, is said to have made references to Brexit and democracy in messages to Bercow, and was alleged to write to ex-MP Chuka Umunna: “You have been warned… shut your f****** mouth boy”.

A follow up is alleged to have said: “If you kill brexit… [w]e will kill you and your entire family”.

He is accused of telling Stewart and Rudd they would be "assassinated", Stewart's in reference to blocking Brexit.

He allegedly said Swinson deserved to be hanged and told Blackford in June 2019 “I hope you die” and “I dare you to come to the pub in Westminster and say some of the s*** you do in the house”.

Ritchie is due to enter his pleas on 25 February.