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Man jailed for sending anti-semitic tweet to Liverpool MP

MP Luciana berger received abusive and anti-semitic tweet Credit: PA

An internet troll from near Liverpool accused of sending an anti-semitic message to MP Luciana Berger has been jailed.

Garron Helm, from Litherland, north of Liverpool, was handed a four-week custodial sentence at Merseyside Magistrates' Court for sending an offensive message, police confirmed.

Labour MP Ms Berger said she hoped the jail term would deter would-be trolls who use social media to post hateful or unkind messages.

This sentence sends a clear message that hate crime is not tolerated in our country.

I hope this case serves as an encouragement to others to report hate crime whenever it rears its ugly head.

– Luciana Berger, Labour MP


Concern over delays to "PIP" benefit payments

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger. Credit: PA

Liverpool Wavertree MP Luciana Berger says people across the North West have been waiting for up to 12 months for benefit payments they're entitled to.

Personal Independent Payment (PIP) replaced DLA last year and have been criticised by MPs and charities for because of the delays.

Ms Berger, the Shadow Minister for Public Health, is raising it Parliament today, saying there is particular problem in Merseyside.

Speaking ahead of the debate at the House of Commons, the MP said: "The government claimed that ‘PIP’ payments would offer people with long-term ill-health or a disability support with extra costs so that they can still live a full and independent life.

"Instead, people have faced costly delays, sometimes for months on end, without the help they need."