A Lincolnshire MP received a death threat email telling him his days were “fu**ing numbered” after he spoke out against the government’s refusal to rule out a no-deal Brexit.
Conservative MP for Grantham and Stamford Nick Boles, who voted remain in the referendum, was among 20 MPs who rebelled and defeated the Prime Minster’s proposals last night.
The amendment vote was to block taxation powers unless a no-deal Brexit is taken off the table.
If the amendment was passed it would mean the government would not be able to raise certain taxes or take other financial steps arising from a no deal. This could not happen unless parliament had explicitly authorised the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Boles made a speech in support of Theresa May’s deal.
Following this, he received an anonymous threat via email to his official website on Tuesday night (January 8), which came from [email protected].
The message, which he shared on social media, read: ‘Your days are fu**ing numbered traitor! Prepare to die….”.
It came days after MPs lined up to condemn abuse received by Remain-supporting Conservative Anna Soubry, who was branded a ‘Nazi’ by demonstrators outside parliament.
Boles, who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumour in 2016, said “if the inadequate who sent knew anything about me he would realise I need no reminding that my days are numbered”.
Received this charming message through my website last night. If the inadequate who sent knew anything about me he would realise I need no reminding that my days are numbered! pic.twitter.com/isDFff80gq
— Nick Boles MP (@NickBoles) January 9, 2019
A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We are in touch with Nick Boles MP about a threat he has received. No arrests have been made.”
Messages of support
People sent messages of support to Nick, including one from an opposition party MP, with many disgusted by what has happened. Others encouraged him to report it further with the death threat sender’s IP address visible in the original message.
Some Stella drinking gammon who thinks the single market is on a Wednesday. Pass to the Met.
— Gammonslayer (@Gammonslayer1) January 9, 2019
You and your colleagues shouldn't be subject to threats like this, just because you are taking a principled and honourable stance!
— David Cherry (@DavidCh79833414) January 9, 2019
How awful, Nick. I do very much hope you are in touch with the police.
— Gabriel Milland (@gabrielmilland) January 9, 2019
— Simon Howard (@simonphoward) January 9, 2019
So sorry Nick, this is bloody horrendous. Sending some cross-party love to you x
— Paula Sherriff MP (@paulasherriff) January 9, 2019
Awful. What the hell is wrong with these people? Imagine going through the process of sending that, thinking that sending a death threat was the right thing to do.
— James (@JamesW1906) January 9, 2019
You may want to contact the people at Talk Talk.
That IP address looks like its one of theirs.
— Paul Nolan (@NodNolan) January 9, 2019