Bishops Report Death Threats after PM Views

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Bishops Report Death Threats after PM Views


THE Bishop of Newcastle has reported a death threat to the police, after she was apparently targeted for criticising the Prime Minister.

The Bishop, the Rt Rev Christine Hardman, received the threat in an email.

She's one of a number of bishops across the country who have received death threats after speaking out about the Government and Dominic Cummings, who is Boris Johnson's chief adviser.

In a Tweet on Sunday night, after Mr Johnson spoke at the daily Downing Street press conference, she said: "I am deeply troubled tonight by the Prime Minister's briefing.

"We can forgive mistakes and poor judgement and can understand and admire loyalty but forgiveness and understanding need openness and we did not see this tonight."

This appeared to be a reference to Mr Johnson's defence of Mr Cummings' decision to drive to Durham with his wife and son, in what many people argue was a breach of the lockdown rules. Mr Cummings has denied breaking any rules.

The Bishop has declined to make any further comment about Mr Cummings, or her Tweet.

But she later revealed that she had received a death threat.

The Bishop of Worcester revealed on Twitter that he had received an email threatening to kill him, and the Bishop of Newcastle responded: "I too received such an email. I feel concern for the person who sent it and will hold him or her in prayer. …

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