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Kuenssberg gets protection

BBC political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg has been given a bodyguard after suffering a tirade of constant abusive and threatening messages, mostly from the far-left.

Spectator journalist Isabel Hardman said the threats comes from “the belief that certain people do not deserve to have opinions and high-profile jobs and instead deserve abuse and threats.

“Those who really want to combat a culture of abuse of women need to be clear that it is as unacceptable to abuse your critics as it is your friends. If you don’t, then there is still a sense that people you dislike somehow deserve the abuse.

“Laura Kuenssberg no more deserves abuse than Diane Abbott, even though the Corbynites object noisily to the former and offer noisy support to the latter.”