Man arrested after Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner MP receives multiple threatening calls

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Labour Party deputy leader Angela Rayner (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Wire)
Labour Party deputy leader Angela Rayner (Gareth Fuller/PA) (PA Wire)

Police have arrested a man after deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner received a string of threatening and abusive phone calls.

A 52-year-old was apprehended by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) on suspicion of malicious communications at an address in Halifax, West Yorkshire, on Wednesday morning.

A spokesman for the MP for Ashton-under-Lyme said: “Angela and her staff have received a number of threatening, malicious and abusive communications in recent weeks.

“We are working with the police to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice and Angela would like to thank the police for their work during these investigations.

“Abuse and threats of this nature don’t just have an impact on Angela but also on her family, her children and her staff who are on the receiving end of these communications.”

Greater Manchester Police's Detective Sergeant Christopher Dean said: "Abusive, threatening or bullying behaviour towards anyone is completely unacceptable and we will always do what we can to ensure those responsible are identified and held accountable for their behaviour.

"Although we have arrested one man our investigation remains very much ongoing and we will continue to pursue all available lines of enquiry to identify all those responsible."

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