The deputy Labour leader had been sent “a number of threatening, malicious and abusive communications”, a spokesperson said. The man was arrested in Halifax on suspicion of malicious communications.
The spokesperson for Ms Rayner said: “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.”
They added that her team were working with the police “to ensure that the perpetrators of these crimes are brought to justice”.
According to the BBC, the arrest was related to a number of phone calls the MP for Ashton-under-Lyne received on October 15.
The Labour politician is currently on bereavement leave.
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She added: “I don’t take any threats of violence as ‘jest’ especially when my mate was killed doing her job as an MP” – a reference to Jo Cox, who was murdered by Thomas Mair in 2016.
In August 2016, a Robert Vidler was jailed for making threats to MPs including then-Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan, who he told her “days were numbered”.
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