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Man avoids jail after sending death threat to Labour MP

Geoffrey Farquharson wearing a Vote Leave T-shirt Credit: Irving of Exeter

A man who admitted leaving homophobic and racist abuse on the answer phone of Ben Bradshaw has avoided a jail sentence.

Geoffrey Farquarhson from Fore Street in Exeter made the call to the MP's office shortly before the murder of Jo Cox.

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw said he was not unduly concerned by the death threat Credit: PA

Farquarhson was handed 12 weeks in jail, suspended for two years.

He was also given a restraining order preventing him from contacting Mr Bradshaw or going anywhere near the Labour Party office.

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Man charged after Exeter MP receives abusive call

Man charged after Bradshaw MP receives abusive call Credit: PA

A man has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act after Labour's Exeter MP received an abusive phone call.

The call was recored on Ben Bradshaw's answering machine at his office in Westminster. The office then informed the Parliamentary Police and Devon and Cornwall Police.

An abusive phone call to MP Ben Bradshaw was recorded on his parliamentary office answering machine and heard on Wednesday 15 June.

The office informed Parliamentary Police and Devon and Cornwall Police. A 37 year old male from Exeter has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 and bailed to appear before Exeter magistrates.

– Devon & Cornwall Police

A 37 year old man from Exeter has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act 1988 with sending a communication of an offensive nature and bailed to appear before Exeter Magistrates on 5 July.

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Exeter MP: Jeremy Corbyn has 'never had to make a difficult decision'

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw has made his strongest attack so far on the party leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Asked by Ian Axton about Mr Corbyn's opposition to airstrikes on Syria, Mr Bradshaw described the leader as being on a learning curve and "never having had to make a difficult decision".

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It's after Mr Corbyn said he was “not happy” that armed officers and special forces had an order to kill extremists.

In response Mr Bradshaw tweeted: “Please tell me it’s not true Jeremy has said that faced with Kalashnikov wielding genocidal fascists our security forces should not shoot.”

The tweet has since been removed.

Ben Bradshaw misses out on deputy leader role

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw, Labour Credit: PA

Exeter's Labour MP has missed out on the deputy Labour leadership.

Ben Bradshaw was up against four other candidates but failed to make it through the first round. Mr Bradshaw got just over 39,000 votes - which was less than 10%.

It was West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson who went on to become the Labour's party deputy leader.

Ben Bradshaw joins the deputy leadership race - just

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw WILL stand as deputy leader of the Labour Party after a last-minute scramble to secure support from 35 of his colleagues.

In the end he got the backing of 37 of them - following a late surge in support just before the midday deadline.

Our presenter Ian Axton interviewed him earlier today - about the scramble for support AND his attitude to the candidates for the Labour leadership.

Ian did ask one question that proved slightly awkward - what did Mr Bradshaw think of the hopes of left-winger Jeremy Corbyn in the leadership stakes.

Here, in a nutshell, is the Exeter MP's answer:

Mr Bradshaw is one of five candidates for the deputy leadership. The winner will be announced in September.

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