Man, 36, given suspended jail sentence after sending Labour leader Angela Rayner threatening email

A MAN has today escaped jail after he admitted sending a threatening email to the deputy leader of the Labour Party. 

Benjamin Iliffe, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of sending malicious communications to MP Angela Rayner at Huntington Magistrates Court. 

Iliffe, from Chatteris, Cambs, was handed a 15 week prison sentence suspended for 18 months by magistrates. 

It comes as Ms Rayner cancelled a number of constituency surgeries in recent weeks due to fears over her safety. 

Ms Rayner's spokesman confirmed she had been the target of online abuse in the wake of Sir David Amess' stabbing, and said the messages had an impact on her children and staff.  

Two other men have also been arrested in connection with sending malicious communications to the Ashton-under-Lyne MP’s. 

A statement from Greater Manchester Police said: "One man has been charged and an additional arrest has been made in relation to a police investigation into multiple reports of threatening and abusive phone calls, emails and letters towards a woman in Ashton-under-Lyne. 

"Yesterday officers from GMP attended an address in Halifax and arrested a 52-year-old man. 

“The man was arrested on suspicion of malicious communications and has since been released on bail pending further enquiries. His arrest relates to abusive phone calls received on Friday 15 October.

"An additional arrest was made this morning in conjunction with South Yorkshire Police. 

“A 70-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of malicious communication and he remains in custody for questioning.

"His arrest relates to abusive emails received on Saturday 16 October."

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