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London Evening Standard - 2021-11-25

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Shocking abuse

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FEMALE councillors in the capital have revealed the shocking levels of abuse they are subjected to while at work in the service of their communities. As we report today, an Evening Standard investigation finds that 60 per cent of those surveyed said they had been victims of misogyny. One councillor remarked: “I’ve received death threats, rape threats and beheading threats… and been threatened with physical assault.” Nearly three-quarters of female councillors said they would feel safer if their home address was no longer published. While there is an ‘opt-out’ for this, one councillor said she “had to fight” to get hers removed. Councillors are the lifeblood of local democracy and this widespread abuse is outrageous. At the very least, those who do not wish for their personal details to be made public for understandable reasons should be able to have them removed without delay or rancour. Listen and subscribe to The Leader podcast at: standard.co.uk/the leader

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