Britain’s first female Sikh MP, Preet Kaur Gill, said she was forced to step up her security after receiving “direct threats” by email to “watch your back”.
Preet Kaur Gill, 50, is the opposition Labor MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston, and frontbench politician as shadow secretary for international development.
She told ‘GB News’ on Saturday that she was concerned for her family’s safety as she went about her regular duties as an MP, holding “surgery” meetings with her local constituents.
He told the channel, “It was very straightforward. It is a concern because I am with my daughters in the constituency all the time. My family lives there. It is really in the context of the job you do. “
“This latest direct threat has me concerned. As a woman, when you put yourself forward and you want to address injustice and you care about issues that affect your constituents, then You run into people who think it’s okay to say something like that. I couldn’t believe this person used their work email to make threats,” she said.
He said, “Usually most people use an alias, or try different ways to create hate campaigns. I have had a huge amount of hate campaigns created against me through WhatsApp groups as well.”
She revealed that she had informed West Midlands Police about the threat and uses a bodyguard for protection.
“It’s something I discuss with my team about. I’m concerned not only about my safety, but about theirs as well. I don’t want to restrict my surgeries, I want to be able to go into an appointment-based system.” I don’t want to go, I want to be able.” Be open and be in my community and make sure people feel like they can have access to me,” she said.
Talking about her ethnicity, the frontline politician said that being the first female Sikh MP in the UK Parliament can be “quite isolating” in terms of support.
“And so, sometimes I think it’s actually quite difficult as a woman to have to deal with so much hate and criticism when you’re trying to do something good.”
In December 2021, Gill came under attack on social media over a tweet, which she later deleted, that referred to a “Hindu terrorist” as being behind the act of violence at the Golden Temple in Amritsar.
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