Furious Labour MP Karl Turner shouts ‘I’ve had death threats’ in Brexit row with Boris Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummin

Furious Labour MP Karl Turner shouts ‘I’ve had death threats’ in Brexit row with Boris Johnson’s chief aide Dominic Cummin

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A FURIOUS Labour MP told Boris Johnson’s Brexit chief aide he has received death threats in the wake of heated Commons exchanges.

Karl Turner confronted Dominic Cummings about language used by the Prime Minister, including calling a law demands he extend the Brexit talks if no deal is secured the “Surrender Act”.

Karl Turner angrily confronting Dominic Cummings
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The Prime Minister’s aide remained calm throughout
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Mr Johnson has been criticised for his use of the word surrender for then for telling Labour’s Paula Sheriff that it was “humbug” that he had deliberately escalated public anger against MPs

That caused fury among MPs facing a barrage of threats and abuse but the PM has refused to apologise for the remarks.

Mr Turner, a shadow transport minister, saw Mr Cummings in Portcullis House , a building across the road from Parliament where most MPs have their offices.

In a video filmed by a member of his staff, he confronted him about the perceived death threats he had received

The MP said “I’ve had death threats overnight, should be dead” but Mr Cummings, leaning on a post, replied “Get Brexit done”.

But Mr Turner appeared incensed by and continued: “It’s a disgrace.

“Get Brexit done? I’ve had three opportunities to get Brexit done. If I could have voted for it, I would have voted for it. Don’t tell me to get Brexit done.

“The Prime Minister should be there (Brussels) negotiating a deal to bring back for me to support.”

The exchange ended when Mr Cumming said “I don’t know who you are” and Mr Turner replied “I’m an MP” and I walked off.

The Hull East MP had scolded on Wednesday for “laughing and joking” and using “aggressive language” towards MPs while they were questioning him about the decision to prorogue Parliament.

One person on the Facebook group Yellow Vest Hull said Mr Turner “wants putting in a ditch”.

The words echoed the PM’s phrase that he would rather be “dead in a ditch” than ask the European Union for an Article 50 extension.

Another said they were tempted to “pay a visit” to the MP, who represents a seat that voted 72 per cetn to leave the EU.

Opposition front bench spokesman Mr Turner said he was “truly worried” about his family’s safety, having previously had a person arrive at his house in Hull to confront him.


“My wife is in Hull with my three-year-old daughter while I’m in Westminster – I take threats seriously,” he said.

“The reason I was provoked into making an impassioned plea for him to stop allowing the tone of the debate to be as it is, is because I am truly worried about my family.

“I’ve had previous experiences of attacks on the house and the family and you can’t decide when you see these threats whether it is a serious death threat or whether it is just someone firing off at the keyboard when they’ve had too much to drink.”


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