Tory MP Mike Weatherley gets death threat on Twitter

A TORY MP has called in police after receiving a death threat on Twitter for calling on David Cameron to speak out against Russia’s anti-gay legislation.

Mike Weatherley said trolls must not be allowed to hide. Picture: PA
Mike Weatherley said trolls must not be allowed to hide. Picture: PA

Mike Weatherley, the MP for Hove and Portslade, East Sussex, said Twitter trolls should not be allowed to make threats while lurking behind their computers.

He wrote to Mr Cameron highlighting concerns about anti-gay laws passed in Russia ahead of it hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics, telling the PM that Britain “has a duty not to stay silent”.

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But after the gay news website Pink News tweeted an article about Mr Weatherley’s letter, a Twitter user with almost 1,500 followers replied, and included the words ‘Kill Weatherley’. The MP’s office said the tweet had been reported to Sussex Police.

Mr Weatherley said: “Twitter trolls cannot be allowed to hide behind their computers when making threats like this.

“There is absolutely no way that I will allow this intimidating kind of behaviour to change my stance on this matter, as I will continue to stand up for gay rights both in Russia and around the world.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “We have been made aware of a message on Twitter in which Hove MP Mike Weatherley is threatened. We are investigating the content and source of the message.”

The latest controversy comes after a number of high-profile women, including television classicist Mary Beard and Labour MP Stella Creasy, received abusive messages on Twitter.