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Jeremy Corbyn reveals own death threats while defending Angela Eagle

The Labour Party is embroiled in a bitter fight after Angela Eagle finally announced her bid to oust Jeremy Corbyn. Credit: PA

Jeremy Corbyn has revealed he has faced death threats this week as he spoke out to condemn the "threatening act" against Labour leadership challenger Angela Eagle.

Police are investigating reports that a brick was thrown through a window at Ms Eagle's Wallasey constituency office last night.

Jeremy Corbyn issued a statement on the day Labour's National Executive Council will meet to rule on the rules of the party's leadership contest. Credit: PA

Ms Eagle's office also said she has also had to cancel a meeting in Luton today after the hosting hotel received threats overnight.

Helen Osgood, a senior caseworker at the office, said: "The hotel manager has had threats all night and so the meeting has not been able to go ahead."

It comes ahead of what is expected to be a bitter meeting of Labour's National Executive Council to decide the rules of the party's leadership contest.

A window at Angela Eagle's constituency office was boarded up after a brick was thrown through it. Credit: Andy Bonner

Ms Eagle faces a vote of no confidence by members of her local party, which backs Mr Corbyn's leadership.

Mr Corbyn issued a statement in which he called for all party members and supporters to "act with calm and treat each other with respect".

It is extremely concerning that Angela Eagle has been the victim of a threatening act and that other MPs are receiving abuse and threats.

As someone who has also received death threats this week and previously, I am calling on all Labour Party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect and dignity, even where there is disagreement.

I utterly condemn any violence or threats, which undermine the democracy within our party and have no place in our politics.

– Jeremy Corbyn

Merseyside Police and Crime Commissioner Jane Kennedy, the former Labour MP for Liverpool Broadgreen, said the "cowardly" broken window would only strengthen Ms Eagle's resolve.

This is going to make her more determined to carry forward the debate, to make her case and then let the Labour Party decide and then, God willing, let the country decide. We will get stronger, we will not be intimidated.

(The brick throwing) is completely unacceptable, it doesn't matter what their views are this is not acceptable. If they want to dispute it, come and dispute it and talk and argue - but don't sneak up as a coward does and smash a window and run away like a child does at school.

– Jane Kennedy