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UK: Man arrested over Twitter threats to female banknote campaigner. Claire Perry, Tory MP, Reveals Extent Of Twitter Abuse.

Perry hands a petition to have ISPs block pornographic websites to Downing Street in 2012

Claire Perry, Tory MP, Reveals Extent Of Twitter Abuse … Huffington Post UK Tory MP Claire Perry, who has been advising David Cameron on measures to tackle the spread of extreme pornography and child abuse on the internet, has revealed the extent of the abuse she had received from Twitter users.

The Devizes MP wrote: “I am tempted to shut down my Twitter account given the trolling going on incl. to me – but that would be giving in.”

In a message to her Twitter user @epivalent said: “Please disappear into obscurity and/or alcoholism. or die, whatever. the main thing is you should f*** off and never return.”

Man arrested over Twitter threats to female banknote campaigner
A 21-year-old man has been arrested by police in Manchester after allegedly making rape and death threats to a female campaigner on Twitter. 

Caroline Criado-Perez, who led a successful campaign to get women represented on British banknotes, said she had been sent a number of threatening tweets since the Bank of England revealed on Thursday that Jane Austen would replace Charles Darwin as the new face of the £10 notes from 2017.

In an interview with the BBC, she said that “there were threats of violence [and] there were threats of rape”. Criado-Perez complained to the police, and described Twitter’s complaints procedure as “completely inadequate”. 

A spokesperson for the Metropolitan police said, “The Met received allegations of malicious communications on Twitter on Thursday July 25. Detectives in Camden are leading the investigation and on Sunday, a 21-year-old man was arrested in the Manchester area on suspicion of harassment. He remains in custody.

Salmond calls for gender equality in Scottish golf Scotsman ALEX Salmond today called for gender equality in golf to be enshrined at “all clubs in Scotland” as he teed off with the country’s top women’s players.

It came as new figures showed that almost half of all young players in Scotland are girls and the RICOH Women’s Open is poised to get underway at St Andrews this week.

The First Minister sparked a nationwide debate on sexism in golf when he refused to attend the recent British Open at Muirfield in East Lothian which doesn’t allow women members.

It emerged today that Scottish Open will not be held in future at any clubs which adopt such male-only policies.

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