Man charged over ‘threat’ to SNP MP Joanna Cherry

The Edinburgh MP contacted police over a 'vicious threat' to her personal safety.

Man charged over ‘threat’ to SNP MP Joanna Cherry Facebook

A man has been charged after a threat was allegedly sent to an SNP MP on the same day she was axed from the party’s Westminster front bench.

Joanna Cherry contacted police on Monday over a “vicious threat” to her personal safety after revealing she had been “sacked” in a recent reshuffle.

At the time, she tweeted: “Action and inaction have consequences. Tonight I’ve received a vicious threat from a man to my personal safety.

“The matter has been reported to Police Scotland and I’m somewhere safe. Thank you for all the lovely messages of support.”

On Thursday, police confirmed a man had been charged with a communications offence in connection with the incident.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “A 30-year-old man has been charged with a communications offence and a report will be submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

In another tweet the MP for Edinburgh South West thanked the police, saying: “Pleased to advise that Police Scotland have arrested and charged a man in relation to the threats I received on Monday night.

“I’d like to thank them for their swift action. But this is not ok. Other enquiries are ongoing.”