A senior female MP was forced to endure a social services investigation after an online troll thought he was ‘entitled’ to the view that her children should be put into care.
Stella Creasy, 46, was told by police that they would not impose criminal sanctions on her tormentor, who pounded her office with emails because he disagreed with her political views.
Leicestershire Police said the harasser had legitimate right to make a social services referral because he disagreed with Creasy’s opinions on misogyny, even though he lacked evidence against the MP.
Creasy, the Labour MP for Walthamstow in east London, told The Times that the police’s response gave other trolls the ‘green light’ to target the families of those in the public eye merely because they do not like them.
Creasy’s harasser used the alias ‘Lance Jones’ and carried no personal connection to the politician or her children.
Stella Creasy, 46, the Labour MP for Walthamstow in east London, was forced to endure a social services investigation after an online troll tried to have her children taken away from her
Creasy was told by police that they would not impose criminal sanctions on her tormentor, who pounded her office with emails because he was ‘entitled’ to the view that her children should be put into care
He complained about the MP’s campaigns against misogyny and violence against women, as well as her call to be allowed to take her breastfed baby into the voting chamber.
Creasy was made the subject of a safe-guarding review by her local council in November.
Although the politician was cleared, and her tormenter was referred to police over harassment concerns, the council has been legally stopped from expunging the complaint about her ‘anti-man views’ from its official record.
A sergeant told Creasy that Jones was ‘legally entitled to show concerns to social care’, commenting: ‘He did this because he has concerns that if your views are communicated to your children then they will become extreme.’
Meanwhile, the force concluded that while Jones’s emails caused distress to the politician, there was ‘no direct verbal or physical threat’.
Creasy has spoken her mind on a plethora of women’s issues, from calling for misogyny to be made a hate crime to wanting improved maternity cover for MPs
It comes after Reality TV star Ashley James recalled the horrific moment her ‘world came crashing down’ as she discovered she’d been reported to social services by cruel internet trolls
It explained the case had been reviewed by a detective inspector, and did not meet the requirements for criminal charges of harassment.
Creasy is now calling for malicious reports to social services to be treated as seriously as a false report to police, which involves the offence of wasting police time or perverting the course of justice.
Creasy’s difficulty comes after reality TV star Ashley James claimed her ‘world came crashing down’ when she was contacted by social services who wanted to discuss her young family following false reports by online trolls.
The former Made In Chelsea star told in 2022 that she was left ‘sick’ at the allegations as she received a letter expressing ‘concerns’ about her family.
Giving an update on the ordeal, which occurred in October last year, Ashley told how her case has since been closed before slamming trolls for ‘taking away vital resources’ from vulnerable children’ who are at risk of abuse or neglect.
Creasy has spoken her mind on a plethora of women’s issues, from calling for misogyny to be made a hate crime to wanting improved maternity cover for MPs.
In the case concerning her children, Jones contacted Waltham Forest Council, in east London, to suggest Creasy’s children be taken away from her.
The council is legally entitled to keep a record, the file is controlled and it is marked to emphasise it was a baseless complaint.
A spokesperson for Leicestershire Police said: ‘[We] take any report of harassment extremely seriously and will carry out a full investigation and take the appropriate action.
‘The force remains fully committed to keeping women and girls safe.’
A spokesperson for Waltham Forest council said: ‘All safeguarding allegations are dealt with in line with the national legislation.’
They added that they have a ‘duty to treat each case seriously and ensure the statutory process is followed’.
MailOnline has contacted Leicestershire Police and Waltham Forest council for further comment.