Warned he faced being ‘strung up’
BEFORE the election was called, Gower MP Byron Davies was already receiving rude Twitter and Facebook messages.
But when the date was set, Mr Davies said ‘things changed dramatically’.
The 64-year-old, who eventually lost the seat near Swansea, endured confrontations in the street and was forced to call in the police when he received death threats.
He said: ‘I got inundated, because my seat was the number one target for Labour.
‘I got a deluge of offensive, four-letter word messages wrongly accusing me of fraudulent behaviour over the 2015 election.
‘Then I got two death threats. One said if I was seen again in a particular area I would be strung up. I was warned if I continued what I was doing it would be the end of me.’
Those threatening him were given a caution. Mr Davies said: ‘If this is the sick way politics is going, it will be a very sad world.’
Death threats: Ousted MP Byron Davies