Tory MP Andrea Jenkyns, 47, targeted by man who threatened to blow her up at café event she had publicised on Twitter
- Conservative MP was targeted by a man who threatened to blow her up at a café
- Andrea Jenkyns, 47, was ‘shaken’ after the threat to her life on Friday morning
- The MP for Morley and Outwood, Yorkshire had tweeted about an event that day
- The death threat came less than a year after the murder of MP Sir David Amess
A Conservative MP was targeted by a man who threatened to blow her up at a café event yesterday that she had publicised on Twitter.
Andrea Jenkyns, 47, was left ‘shaken’ after the threat to her life. The MP for Morley and Outwood in Yorkshire had publicised a ‘friendship café’ that day at the town hall.
The death threat came less than a year after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was assassinated while at his surgery in Southend in October 2021.
Married mother-of-one Jenkyns was getting her hair cut when an alarmed staffer phoned at around 9.20am to say a man was threatening to blow up the MP.
Andrea Jenkyns, 47, was left ‘shaken’ after the threat to her life yesterday when a man threatened to blow her up
The MP for Morley and Outwood in Yorkshire had publicised a ‘friendship café’ that day at the town hall
‘I only missed him by a matter of minutes,’ she told The Sun. ‘Today did shake me up.
‘They said there is a guy at the town hall and security says he wants to blow you up.
‘I was like – God, do I leave the hairdresser?’
Police came to the hairdresser and took her to safety, while the would-be attacker was held on suspicion of a public order offence.
Jenkyns added: ‘Is it worthwhile?
‘Especially when you have children. I was quite emotional today.’
The married mother-of-one MP had invited people to the ‘friendship café’ for ‘cakes, a cuppa and a chat’
Sir David Amess (pictured) was murdered while at his surgery in Southend, Essex, in October last year
It is the sixth time in seven years that Jenkyns has received death threats after being elected to Parliament in 2015.
During the time she has sat as an MP, two MPs – Jo Cox and Sir David Amess – have been murdered.
After her scare yesterday, Jenkyns asked Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to discuss giving MPs more protection while in their constituencies.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: ‘Officers are continuing to liaise with Jenkyns and her team to provide safeguarding and reassurance for them.
‘Inquiries are ongoing into the incident.’