MPs today discussed online abuse of female politicians and the detrimental effect it is having on political participation among women.

Speaking in Westminster Hall Siobhan Baillie, Conservative MP for Stroud, said: “What greater impediment to freedoms than dealing with rape threats and death threats just because you either want a job, or you have a job?”

Caroline Nokes, chair of the women and equalities parliamentary committee, also highlighted the racist abuse levied at MPs, in particular Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney, who Nokes said receives more abuse than all other MPs combined.