"I've also been told to f*** off home"
A Scottish MP has called for a full debate on racist abuse on social media in the House of Commons, revealing some of the abuse she has received herself.
Anum Qaisar-Javed, the new MP for Airdrie and Shotts, said she has been racially abused online since getting into politics.
In the House of Commons, Mrs Qaisar-Javed called on Boris Johnson to take action against online abuse.
This comes after the PM announced that people who racially abuse footballers online would be banned from attending matches.
Mr Johnson made the announcement after England players Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were racially abused online after they missed penalties in their Euro 2020 final loss against Italy.
Mrs Qaisar-Javed said:
“On social media, I’ve been told that I shouldn’t be involved in politics because I’m ‘not a Brit, I’m a P***’.
“That is of course wrong on both accounts, I’m neither a Brit or a P***, I’m a proud Scot.
“On social media, I’ve also been told to ‘f*** off home’, that of course doesn’t make sense.
“I was born in Edinburgh, Scotland is my home.
“I’m not unique, however in any sense and we saw this with the racial horrific abuse that black England players received on social media.
“Every day people are racially abused online because of a false narrative, built upon prejudice and assumptions, one that ministers in this government have encouraged I’m afraid to say.
“Yesterday the Prime Minister admitted that there’s a systematic issue of racism, particularly on social media.
“The house may be united against racism, but we need to see real action.”
“What does the government intend to do about this?
“I therefore ask, there was an urgent question yesterday, will the Leader of the House make time for an urgent debate next week in this chamber so that MPs of colour can also raise their contributions?”
Commons leader Jacob Rees-Mogg said he was appalled that the SNP MP had been abused.
He said: “I’m sorry that the Honourable lady wishes to make this party political because I really think it isn’t.
“I think it is something that the whole House has been outraged by the way which she has been treated, and there is action being taken as the Prime Minister set out yesterday, he had discussions with the social media companies to remind them of their responsibilities and what will happen under the online safety bill if they do not live up to their responsibilities.
“Social media is regrettably a sewer, and some of the most disgusting bits of life get washed through it but it is a sewer that is in need of cleansing.”
Mr Rees-Mogg added that Mr Johnson has spoken with social media companies about policing online abuse or face legal action to do so.