In an article in The Times this week it was reported that during the last election Conservative candidates were significantly more likely to be subjected to intimidation than those from Labour, suggesting Jeremy Corbyn should rein in Momentum.
The litany of abuse faced by candidates from all parties included death threats and rape taunts. The child of one witnessed someone miming slitting her mother’s throat. This resulted in some fitting panic alarms and one saying they now regretted standing for parliament.
Detailed criticism of “fringe groups” who impact the tone of political debate was contained in the report but refused to name Momentum as the authoring committee wanted the report to remain apolitical. However, when pushed, apart from Momentum, the committee could only name Activate, the Tory attempt to mimic the left-wing group which has been widely mocked.
The report says: “Attempts to change the views, behaviour or participation of candidates for public office by the use of threats or intimidation bring inappropriate influences to bear on the decisions of candidates or elected public officials. This threatens the integrity of the political process, as elected representatives and candidates may be afraid to act according to their judgment due to fear about the repercussions.” and calls on party leaders to challenge groups such as Momentum when they overstep the mark.
Joe Todd, a spokesman for Momentum, told the committee: “It is not inherent in anyone’s politics or ideology to act like this towards individuals. There is the possibility for cross-party and cross-political spectrum work on this.”
However, this abuse has not stopped since the election. I have been told that I need to “Get a check up from the neck up” but this pales when you look at the abuse made to Sophie Warrener when she posted the following on Twitter.
Here are a sample of some of the abusive Tweets this poor lass has received.