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6 female British MPs resign


LONDON: A growing number of female British lawmakers have quit ahead of the UK general election, with some citing vicious abuse and intimidation as reasons for stepping down.

In total, six female politicians have resigned since Monday because of the difficulties of being a member of Parliament (MP), personal circumstances, or due to threats.

The exodus comes after a record number of women were elected to Parliament in the 2017 election.

Culture secretary and Conservative MP Nicky Morgan was the latest to resign on Wednesday evening, saying that the “the clear impact on my family and the other sacrifices involved in, and the abuse for, doing the job as a modern MP” were behind her decision.

Liberal Democrat MP Heidi Allen also wrote in a letter on Tuesday that she would be standing down ahead of the election because she is “exhausted by the invasion into my privacy and the nastiness and intimidation that has become commonplace.”

“Nobody in any job should have to put up with threats, aggressive emails, being shouted at in the street, sworn at on social media, or have to install panic alarms at home.”

CNN interviewed Allen earlier this month, who said it had become “normal” for British politicians to take extra security measures to feel safe while doing their jobs in a heavily polarized political climate.


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