Former Northampton Labour candidate receives death threat referencing killing of MP Jo Cox

Kevin McKeever, stood as Labour candidate in the Northampton South constituency in 2015

Kevin McKeever, stood as Labour candidate in the Northampton South constituency in 2015

A former Northampton parliamentary candidate has revealed he has received a death threat that appears to refer to the killing of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Kevin McKeever, who stood against David Mackintosh in the Northampton South constituency in 2015, posted on his Facebook page a hand-delivered note he had received, which said he should “prepare to be coxed”.

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Former Northampton South Labour candidate Kevin McKeever has revealed he has received a death threat D4LPqdlk6W3lpmjrULZP

Mrs Cox, the Batley & Spen MP, was shot and stabbed a number of times following a constituency meeting on June 16.

The letter sent to Mr McKeever, who works as a PR director for London-based firm Portland Communications, reads: “hello comrade, we’ve watched you leave this building, we’ve watched you on the strand, your blood is the price of your treachery, prepare to be coxed :-)”

Mr McKeever posted on Twitter that claims in an online blog called The Canary linking his firm to allegedly organising a coup by Labour MPs against party leader Jeremy Corbyn were “untrue”.

Alongside the Facebook post Mr McKeever wrote: “Many of you will have read posts on a blog suggesting a link between me, my workplace and the moves by Labour MPs in Parliament. They have no basis in truth.

“I’ve made my personal views clear on our party’s leadership.

“I have, however, been silent for the past few days due to a hand-delivered death threat, suggesting I should be ‘coxed’, a reference to the murder two weeks ago of Labour MP, Jo Cox.

“On the advice of the police and in the interests of the personal safety of me, my family, I will not be commenting further.

“We have a Labour Party to return to after this mess. I hope we all reflect.”