A Tory peer used the C-word in the House of Lords as she expressed fears female candidates will be put off standing for Parliament due to abuse.
Baroness Jenkin of Kennington repeated the phrase “f****** Tory c***” as she provided an example of language meted out to one Conservative hopeful at last year’s General Election.
Speaking in a House of Lords debate on the role of social media, Baroness Jenkin told peers: “During the election campaign in June, the Ealing Central and Acton Conservative candidate was met daily outside her home by a large group of Momentum and Labour activists yelling at her.
“I quote – and please forgive the unparliamentary language and block your ears if you are sensitive or easily offended – yelling ‘f****** Tory c***’.
“This young woman has a young child. How can this be acceptable and how does this not deter other mothers from stepping up?
“Her activists and her volunteers were routinely spat at. They told an Asian activist that she deserved to have her throat slit and be in the ground for being a Conservative and much, much more – especially on social media.”
Baroness Jenkin’s contribution appears to be the first time the word “c***”, usually regarded as the most offensive in the English language, has been uttered in the history of the House of Lords.
As co-chair of the Women2Win group, Baroness Jenkin encourages and supports female Conservative candidates to stand for election.
She said: “Standing for election and public office, for whatever political party, should be recognised and celebrated as a noble, honourable and responsible action to take.
“This abusive behaviour is fuelled by the anonymity that social media platforms provide.”
Baroness Jenkin insisted “online platforms have a responsibility to play their part in preventing” such abuse in future.
She highlighted a recent “worrying” inquiry by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, which found Conservative candidates were significantly more likely to be subjected to intimidation than those from Labour.
The Conservative peer also highlighted a Fawcett Society survey which showed most women did not report online abuse as they did not expect any action to be taken.