Chuka Umunna, Nigerian-British politician and spokesperson for the Independent group is one of five members of the British Parliament opposed to Brexit, who received a photo of a crossbow alongside a message reading “We are ready for civil war… are you?”
A man and a woman have been arrested in connection with the incident.
“Twitter accounts belonging to four Independent Group MPs – Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna, Angela Smith and Sarah Wollaston – and Labour MP David Lammy were tagged in the threat which had a photo of a crossbow hanging from a door, ” Daily Mirror UK reported.
South Yorkshire Police said two people were arrested Tuesday afternoon in connection with the tweet.
The tweet was sent last week from an account named Sheffield and Yorkshire Direct Action Brexit Group.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “A 40-year-old-man and a 33-year-old woman were arrested in Sheffield on suspicion of sending malicious communications. Enquiries are ongoing.”
MPs Anna Soubry, Chuka Umunna, David Lammy, Angela Smith and Sarah Wollaston – all of whom have backed calls for a second referendum on leaving the EU, including the option to remain in the union – were tagged in the tweet posted in the early hours of March 22.
The biography on the Twitter account which posted the crossbow photo read: “We need to leave the EU and the politicians are not listening.
“We want to start a movement to help as many people as possible have their voice heard. Help us.”
A pinned tweet described the group as “a new movement for the poor and the working class who are so often overlooked and ignored”.
Born in London to an Igbo-Nigerian father and Anglo-Irish mother, Umunna was educated at St Dunstan’s College before studying at the University of Manchester and Nottingham Trent University. He worked as a solicitor in the City of London, first for Herbert Smith and then Rochman Landau, while writing articles for the Compass think tank. Joining Labour while it was controlled by the centrist “New Labour” project, he ideologically aligned with the party’s “Blue Labour” trend and was a member of the Labour Friends of Israel group. In 2008 he was appointed Labour parliamentary candidate for Streatham and was elected MP in the 2010 United Kingdom general election.
In February 2019 he joined other centrist Labour MPs in splitting from the party to form The Independent Group.