A woman who repeatedly harassed former Conservative MP Anna Soubry, before standing against her in the general election, has been jailed for 28 days.
Amy Dalla Mura, 56, was told she demonstrated an “obsession and fixation” withMs Soubry which led her to “bullying and intimidating and harassing” the politician.
Between January and March this year the defendant, a Brexiteer, would target Remain-supporting Ms Soubry by turning up at events and calling her a “traitor” on live television.
The court heard that the former MP was left “frightened” by the incidents.
Dalla Mura, who is from Hove, also stood against Ms Soubry in the general election in her former constituency of Broxstowe.
Ms Soubry quit the Conservative Party earlier this year
Ms Soubry was a candidate for the Independent Group for Change and lost her seat to Conservative candidate Darren Henry. Dalla Mura was standing for the English Democrats and received 432 votes.
Shouts of “democracy is dead” and “shame on you” could be heard from Dalla Mura and a packed public gallery during today’s sentencing.
Chief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot said “Ever since the murder of Jo Cox, MPs no longer feel able to put up with sustained intimidation.
"It was hard to see how (Dalla Mura) couldn't have understood it was frightening.
"Your client then stood against her in Broxtowe. That was the most serious point, that someone had been fixated not with Brexit but with Ms Soubry."
She added that the actions “stop ordinary, decent people” becoming MPs.
“This damages our democracy. Because who wants to put up with this sort of harassment?”
Commander Adrian Usher, from the Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team, said: "Strong political opinions are absolutely no excuse for intimidating elected representatives and police will always treat such allegations seriously and seek to bring offenders to justice."
Dalla Mura denied harassment but was found guilty on three counts at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
She received a 28-day prison sentence and is forbidden from contacting Ms Soubry under a three-year restraining order. She also must pay a £125 victim surcharge.
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