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The rhetoric is dangerous: Female candidates face toxic politics in Britain

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More than three years after the murder of MP Jo Cox by a far-right supporter, female candidates in Britains Dec. 12 general election face an increasingly hostile climate – an alarming trend many blame on the poisonous divide generated by the Brexit referendum. FRANCE 24s reporters spoke to two women MPs battling to hold on to their seats.

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Women currently account for only 20% of MPs from the ruling Conservative Party, and there are fears the number will further decrease following Thursdays general election.

At the start of the campaign, former conservative lawmaker Heidi Allen announced she would not be standing in the election, citing the abuse and threats she had received since quitting the ruling party in February.

Like Allen, former Conservative minister Anna Soubry also left the party over its Brexit stance. She has since faced regular harassment by far-right protesters, who have branded her a traitor.

“Its a new problem, it did not exist until this blasted referendum,” Soubry says of the 2016 Brexit vote. “SiRead More – Source