POLICE were called after Labour rebel MP Joan Ryan was sent a barrage of abuse and death threats after she quit the party over its handling of anti-Semitism.
Ryan, who is MP for Enfield North, was called a ‘Jew w****’ and told to ‘burn in the ovens’ by vile trolls.
Last month she left Labour over Jeremy Corbyn’s failure to deal with “face of evil” anti-semitism in the party and joined the Independent Group.
Ryan, 63, called in police after receiving two separate death threats since she quit, according to the Mail on Sunday.
One was a handwritten note delivered to her Commons office last week calling her a ‘****-sucking, Jewish c*** who defected to Israel’ who should be raped and ‘set on fire’.
The note mentioned an upcoming trip she is taking to Cyprus, sparking fears that it was placed by someone with access to her diary.
Stop telling lies about Jeremy Corbyn – he is a decent man, you lying Jew w****
A note left for Joan Ryan
The other threat had arrived at her constituency office the day before, saying: “Stop telling lies about Jeremy Corbyn – he is a decent man, you lying Jew w****.
“You need to be shoved right back in the ovens.”
She also passed to Scotland Yard the registration number of a black car parked near her office with three men inside, who she fears were placing her under surveillance.
Police took fingerprints from both letters and are investigating the ownership of the car.
Ryan is not Jewish but left Labour over its handling of anti-Semitism within the party.
She decided to make the threats public to highlight what MPs who campaign against the issue have to face, whether or not they are Jewish.
That people can send such filth-laden, disgusting messages is a shocking testament to how low our politics has now sunk
Joan Ryan MP
She said: “That people can send such filth-laden, disgusting messages is a shocking testament to how low our politics has now sunk. But the fact that some people think they can do so explains why many of us felt we had to quit the Labour Party last week.
“My main concern now is for the safety of my staff who put in so much hard work in the constituency and in Parliament. However, we must never let up on the fight against the evil of anti-Semitism.”
Upon her resignation last month Ryan slammed the Labour leader and “the Stalinist clique that surrounds him” for being “too busy purging their perceived ideological enemies within”.
CONCERNED FOR HER SAFETY
Last month seven centrist MPs quit in protest at Mr Corbyn’s leadership – saying he has made Labour “a racist and anti-Semitic party”.
The other Labour MPs involved are Chuka Umunna, Luciana Berger, Chris Leslie, Angela Smith, Mike Gapes, Ann Coffey and Gavin Shuker.
In a statement Ryan said: “The values that led me to join the Labour Party are the same values that have led me to leave it today.”
She added: “Over the past three years, however, the Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn has become infected with the scourge of anti-Jewish racism.
“This problem simply did not exist in the party before his election as leader.
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“No previous Labour leader would have allowed this huge shame to befall the party.
“I have always believed that we must be especially vigilant against the oldest hatred; history teaches us the tragic and horrific results of a failure to do so.
“I have been horrified, appalled and angered to see the Labour leadership’s dereliction of duty in the face of this evil.”
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