Ilford MP reveals anti-Semitic abuse after being called a ‘dirty Jew’

Year 6 with Michelle Belnikoff, a trustee of Onechild Ghana, and Lee Scott MP.

Year 6 with Michelle Belnikoff, a trustee of Onechild Ghana, and Lee Scott MP. - Credit: Archant

Ilford North MP Lee Scott has spoken out about the anti-Semitic abuse he has received – including being branded a “dirty Jew”.

The Conservative politician told a parliamentary debate on anti-Semitism yesterday (Tuesday) he had recently received a phone call in which he was subjected to the abuse – also being told he should be “stoned to death”.

Mr Scott also said hate crimes were under reported, in some cases due to fear.

He said: “I myself, who do report things, only the other week got a phone call calling me a dirty Jew and saying I should be stoned to death.”

Fellow Conservative MP Guto Bebb (Aberconwy) also said he had been called a “Jew lover”.

The Welsh MP said: “I have grown a very thick skin since becoming an MP but even I was quite shocked this summer to be accused on social media of being a ‘Jew lover’.

“Now, my wife, as far as I know, is a Welsh Protestant and I have not been unfaithful so therefore I would hope that attack is not literally correct.”

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He also said MPs had a responsibility to challenge social media companies for their lack of action.

Garron Helm, from Litherland, north of Liverpool, was handed a four-week custodial sentence at Merseyside Magistrates’ Court in October for sending an anti-Semitic tweet to Labour MP Luciana Berger.

MPs had previously been told the abuse against the Liverpool Wavertree MP continued via Twitter on a “violent and daily basis”.

In September Mr Scott joined fellow London MPs to discuss how to tackle the rising threat of anti-Semitism with home secretary Theresa May.

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