One user, called @killcreasynow, threatened to sexually assault and kill the MP in a series of graphic tweets before the account was suspended. Minutes later, another account – @eatcreasynow – was set up that continued with the threats.

Creasy retweeted some of the messages to her 30,000 followers, saying she hoped the “morons” behind the abuse would face justice, reports The Guardian.

Police said on Monday night that they were investigating a series of sexually explicit and violent tweets sent to Creasy after she spoke out in support of Criado-Perez.

Criado-Perez led a successful campaign to have a woman’s picture placed on a new banknote, and for this was subjected to a a torrent of online abuse. 

Scotland Yard said: “Officers in Waltham Forest received an allegation of malicious communications from an MP. The allegation relates to comments made on Twitter and is currently under consideration.”

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