Box of feces left outside Tory MP’s office

A box of feces has been left outside the constituency of a Conservative MP, allegedly sparking a police investigation.

Siobhan Baillie denounced the “abusiveness” on Monday after the item was found by her workplace in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

“There are plenty of ways to make a point about politics or governments without resorting to boxed feces,” she said.

“Because of the misery we face, many decent people think twice about holding public office.”

The box, which reportedly contained a derogatory comment inside, reportedly sparked an investigation by Gloucestershire Constabulary.

The BBC quoted a police spokesperson as saying: “We are investigating an allegation of harassment after an offensive item was left outside Ms Baillie’s constituency.”

The staff of Ms Baillie, who has been an MP for Stroud since 2019, said she was previously targeted after taking maternity leave following the birth of her daughter.

One person wrote to her constituency expressing her anger at the 2020 Dominic Cummings scandal, demanding a response from her.

Her departure roughly coincided with the fallout from Mr Cummings – then Boris Johnson’s chief adviser – traveling from London to County Durham during a Covid lockdown.

“Why is my MP not responding to me, given the seriousness of the Cummings affair and the impact it has on public confidence. I don’t care that she just gave birth,” the person wrote.

Another said: “I asked for Siobhan’s position. I WANT SIOBHAN’s. Having a baby is no excuse for not responding to my email.”

One voter described Ms Baillie on maternity leave as a “dereliction of duty”.

Harriet Butcher, then Senior Parliamentary Assistant to Ms Baillie, said at the time: “Unfortunately, Siobhan has received some nasty emails, the vast majority of men who seem to think the 2010 Equality Act does not apply to a woman because she is a Member of Parliament. .

“It does apply and Siobhan has an absolute legal right to take maternity leave.

“Currently, her intention is to do that for a minimum of four weeks, which is significantly less than she is legally entitled to.”

Ms Baillie and Gloucestershire Police have been contacted for comment.

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