Yvette Cooper receives death threats against her children over EU stance

Threat comes amid heightened security for MPs after killing of Jo Cox

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Labour MP Yvette Cooper has received a message from someone threatening to kill her children over her stance on the EU referendum.

The MP, who is campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU, received a tweet which read: “Hello, Yvette I have received your Stronger In propaganda e-mails 5 times please stop or I will kill your kids and grandkids”.

Ms Cooper retweeted the threat, writing “Got this today for speaking out for Remain… This has got to stop”.

She said she had reported the incident to the police and to Twitter, and the user’s account has been suspended.

The threat comes amid increased security for UK MPs after the killing of Ms Cooper’s colleague Jo Cox, who died after being shot and stabbed in an attack in Birstall in West Yorkshire last week. Brendan Cox said his wife was killed because of her "very strong political views". 

Ms Cooper also represents a West Yorkshire constituency. 

Along with Ms Cox, Ms Cooper has actively supported welcoming child refugees to Britain from Europe. She was also part of a group of MPs that launched an online consultation on abuse aimed at women on social media.

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