Zarah Sultana contacts police over Ukraine death threat after Labour forced her to pull back from Stop The War Russia statement

The Coventry South MP was one of 11 Labour MPs ordered to remove their names from Stop The War's statement

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A Labour MP has said she has received a death threat as a result of what she said was “inaccurate” media reporting over her views on the war in Ukraine.

Zarah Sultana said she had contacted police after receiving a racially abusive email from someone who described her as “Putin’s whore”.

The Coventry South MP was one of 11 Labour backbenchers ordered by the leadership to remove their names from a statement by the Stop The War campaign on the situation in Ukraine.

In the statement issued earlier this month, the group accused the British Government of “aggressive posturing” and said Nato “should call a halt to its eastward expansion”.

Ms Sultana said she believed the abuse she received was directly linked to the way the issue had been reported in the media.

She said it included quotes from an anonymous Labour source, describing the MPs as a “mouthpiece for the Kremlin”.

“I am in no doubt that this horrific and absurd attack is the direct result of inaccurate media reports and deliberately misleading press comments,” she in a statement posted on Twitter.

“The environment this has created is an active danger to the safety of public figures, and threatens to narrow our democracy.

“Like all my colleagues, I am horrified at the Russian invasion of Ukraine. I stand with the people of Ukraine and have unequivocally condemned Putin’s actions.”

The signatories to the Stop The War statement included fellow left wingers Diane Abbott and John McDonnell, as well as former leader Jeremy Corbyn – who now sits as an independent after having had the whip withdrawn.

Since becoming Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer has been keen to stress his support for Nato, in contrast to Mr Corbyn who has been deeply critical of the alliance.

Ms Sultana said she had contacted Labour Party chair Anneliese Dodds to emphasise the seriousness of party sources disseminating “dangerous and irresponsible messages”.