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TV presenter received threatening email from IP address linked to House of Commons

Luke Bradshaw
·Sports Writer
·2-min read
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  A general view of The Houses of Parliament and Elizabeth Tower on October 19, 2015 in London, England. A Report for the Commons Finance Committee has recommended a £29.2M GBP package to refurbish Big Ben's clock, stating that the cost could rise to £40M GBP. The bill which would have to be paid by the taxpayer, would include work on "severe metal erosion, cracks in the roof and other structural defects" in the Elizabeth Tower.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
The Houses of Parliament. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Parliament is investigating threats received by a journalist from a House of Commons IP address.

Dan O’Hagan, a sports presenter, tweeted an image showing that threatening emails he’d been sent had came from an address associated with Parliament.

O'Hagan said: "It stuns me that in this day and age, someone would be so unaware of how computers work and so unaware that your IP address is sent out with everything you’re doing, especially something from the House of Commons.

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“I’m not frightened by it, but I’m curious now to see who is behind it.”

A House of Commons spokesperson said: "We are aware of a threatening email received by a television presenter. We take threats of this nature very seriously and are investigating the matter.”

Dan O"Hagan
Dan O"Hagan (Credit: Twitter@danohagan)

One of the emails he received read: “Hi Dan, I'm working very, very hard to acquire your address.

"You cannot be allowed to belittle, mock and intimidate working class white men, whilst peddling your bourgeoisie, privileged leftism in your highly paid career.

"Football is not for white elites like you, It belongs to working class men of all colours.”

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After receiving the emails, O’Hagan searched the IP address yesterday, with the name used in the email address being “David Clark”.

The same IP address was used to edit the Wikipedia entries for multiple Conservative MPs, including Richard Bacon, Bim Afolami, Steve Double, Nusrat Ghani, Seema Kennedy, Gordon Henderson and Matthew Offord.

There is no suggestion that any of the above MPs are responsible for the emails O’Hagan has received.