A LABOUR MP has had his home fitted with bulletproof glass and panic buttons at the taxpayers’ expense – and blamed it all on Brexit.
He also revealed panic buttons had been fitted as well as reinforced doors.
Mr Russell-Moyle, 33, said: “At my office and at home Parliament has fitted panic buttons in every one of my rooms, reinforced doors, and bulletproof glass in my windows.
“There has been a spike in hate crimes, attacks and assaults on MPs, whipped up by the words and language the Prime Minister uses.
“We all lose our temper from time to time. But it only takes one person to take it too far and someone could be seriously injured.
He added: “It has escalated because of Brexit,” reports The Argus.
Mr Russell-Moyle was attacked earlier this year in Brighton as he was campaigning for a second referendum.
A scuffle broke out when a man grabbed his glasses and accused the MP or “denying the will of the people”.
At my office and at home Parliament has fitted panic buttons in every one of my rooms, reinforced doors, and bullet proof glass in my windows
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle
Despite the security measures Mr Russell-Moyle said he was not frightened of being attacked.
He said: “There’s a long history of violence against politicians. But let’s be honest, it’s not an everyday occurrence for me. I’m not scared around Brighton. Maybe I’m being cavalier about it, but I sleep easily at night.
“Most of the threats our office receives I don’t see. They are sent straight to the police.
“But others have it far worse. It’s a worrying trend. My colleagues were in tears.”
Earlier today the former attorney general Dominic Grieve had received a death threat while travelling to the Conservative Party conference.
The Tory MP for Beaconsfield said he received an email – which he passed on to police – while making his way by train to Manchester.
He said the death threat had been received after reports Downing Street had launched an investigation after receiving intelligence MPs, including himself, had received help in drafting legislation from members of the French government and the EU.
MIND YOUR LANGUAGE
Both sides of the Brexit debate have been accused of using inflammatory language as the row becomes increasingly bitter.
It comes amid a national row about the vitriolic language from politicians and MPs fears over safety.
Female MPs – citing the tragic murder of Jo Cox – have demanded the language gets toned down for fears it could lead to further violence.
PM Boris Johnson was accused of using “dangerous language” after dismissing safety fears as “humbug.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he had been a “model of restraint” when it came to his language regarding Brexit.
He had been accused of dismissing abuse fears by female MPs as “humbug” in the Commons earlier this week.
Labour’s Angela Rayner said Mr Johnson should be “absolutely, utterly ashamed of himself” after a soldier sent her a tweet saying she would “perish” in a civil war over Brexit.
But she also added that MPs on both sides of the Commons needed to “dial down that language and act responsibly”.
Mr Russell-Moyle has had a controversial time as an MP since he was elected in 2017.
He was one of two Labour MPs who let off smoke bombs close to Parliament during a Brexit demonstration in March.
Mr Russell-Moyle was arrested in February this year after he attended a demonstration at a Royal Navy base housing nuclear submarines.
The staunch Remainer has also called for a general strike to “stop our country falling into the hands of the undemocratic right”
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He was one of a group of back-bench MPs who pinned the Speaker John Bercow down when he tried to leave the chamber as parliament was prorogated.
Mr Russell-Moyle was also forced to remove a senior Houthi figure from an event he is hosting in Parliament in June this year.
Ahmed Alshami – a leading figure of the Houthi movement whose slogan includes “curse the Jews” had been due to attend the event until The Sun exposed the invite.
Lloyd Russell-Moyle held a smoke bomb during a Brexit demonstration[/caption]
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