Man jailed for sending offensive email to Labour MP Naz Shah

Naz Shah  (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Naz Shah (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A MAN who sent a threatening email to an MP was on Tuesday (13) jailed for 12 weeks.

Stewart Hanson, 57, accused Naz Shah of antisemitism and made racist comments and threats of violence to the Bradford West MP and her family in the email sent to her work account on October 20, 2018.

He also made religiously offensive comments.

Shah reported the incident to West Yorkshire police, who traced the email to Hanson. He was arrested at his home in Tranmere.

Alan Currums of Mersey Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service, said: “This malicious communication caused Ms Shah significant alarm, harassment and distress, and made her fear for the safety of her family.

“When he was arrested and questioned by police, Hanson said he was ashamed of himself for sending the emails but that’s no explanation and certainly no excuse.

“MPs have a difficult job to do and are often in the public glare. That should not mean that they are targets of vicious, racist taunts and criticism that goes way beyond fair comment.

“There is no room for this sort of behaviour in a civilised society. Mr Hanson has no previous convictions and is now behind bars. He’s lost his good name and his freedom – for what? A vicious, racist and offensive email that has created fear alarm and distress. A lesson to anyone who takes to their keyboard to peddle hate.”

Hanson had earlier pleaded guilty to sending an offensive message by public communication. He has also been ordered him to pay £300 compensation to the victim.