BRADFORD West MP Naz Shah has released a statement after a woman pleaded guilty to three charges of sending malicious emails and one of perverting the course of justice.

Sundas Alam, 30,of Princeville Street, Lidget Green, changed her pleas on the third day of her trial at York Crown Court.

The jury heard how the MP was so distressed and worried by the five emails sent by Alam in an evening she dialled 999 to get the police. 

Speaking this afternoon, Ms Shah said: “Having lost two colleagues in the space of 5 years, death threats are close to home. I welcome the review of security measures for MP’s that the Home Secretary has committed to.

“The mental and emotional harm extends to those around us including our families and our staff teams.

“It is important that we don’t allow a culture to build where threats, abuse and attacks on Members of Parliament and our staff becomes normalised.

“In this instance an innocent family was also arrested in the middle of the night and questioned by police.

“I’d like to thank West Yorkshire Police, particularly DC Exley and DC Young, for their work on this investigation and their support to my family, my staff team and myself.”

She added: “I will continue to represent my constituents of Bradford West to the best of my ability. Serving the public is an honour and a duty, and I, like every single other MP in the UK, will not allow anyone to distract me from this.”