LAST week was a new low at a time when politics is already suffering a vacuum of trust and respect.

After fighting so strongly for Parliament to return, it was shameful it descended into such undignified chaos with abuse and dangerous rhetoric thrown around so carelessly.

Dangerous, inciteful and intimidating words and phrases are becoming commonplace in public debate and those at the top must realise that these have severe consequences.

It is a truly horrific fact that I do not know of a single female MP in Westminster who hasn’t received a death threat.

In a country as great as ours we cannot allow debate and disagreement to descend into threats of physical violence regardless of how strong emotions are.

Brexit has exposed deep fractures in our communities that now rest so precariously that it is absolutely critical for us all to moderate our language, starting with those in positions of power and influence.

As a proud working class woman coming into Westminster it did feel intimidating. Parliament just isn’t meant to feel welcoming to people like us.

But it was second nature for me to follow British traditions to discuss, disagree and debate with passionate strength of argument while remaining respectful and courteous.

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The last few weeks in Parliament feels like I’ve walked into a Bullingdon Club meeting run by a group of entitled bullies where anything goes. Bringing a resolution to Brexit will not resolve the fact that our society remains fundamentally broken.

When our towns have been left neglected and without the investment they deserve to rebuild our communities, society is broken.

When our towns are without a train station or an affordable and accessible bus network, our society is broken.

When austerity hit the poorest whilst executive bonuses soared and the mega firms dodged their tax, our society is broken.

When people are dying just days after being assessed fit for work, our society is broken.

When our cash strapped NHS is failing those who it was created to help, our society is broken.

When elderly residents are having benefits taken from them after the Government promised they were safe, our society is broken.

When crime on our streets soars after 2,000 police officers were taken from our local streets, our society is broken.

The real divide that has led to the febrile atmosphere today is not between the 48 per cent and the 52 per cent it is between the 99 per cent and the one per cent.

We need bold and radical transformation to our society – the status quo has failed and I believe the only way we can reunite our community, heal bitter divisions and restore fairness is to put power, wealth and opportunity where it belongs. With you.

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