Jeremy Corbyn urges party members to 'act with calm' after leadership hopeful's office is vandalised
British Labour MP Angela Eagle has called in police after her constituency office was bricked following her leadership challenge to Jeremy Corbyn.
In a post on Facebook following the attack on her office yesterday evening, Ms Eagle said the safety of her staff was paramount.
Her comments on the social media site prompted a slew of insults, as it was reported that her staff had also received abusive telephone calls.
Merseyside Police confirmed today that they were called to premises following reports of criminal damage.
“It is believed that between 5pm last night (Monday) and 9am today, damage was caused to the front ground floor window of an office," a police statement said.
Ms Eagle was also forced to cancel a campaign event in Luton yesterday because of threats against her.
In another incident, a telephone message left at Ms Eagle's House of Commons office referred to her as a "f****** b****".
Mr Corbyn condemned the attacks, urging supporters to "act with calm and treat each other with dignity".
He said it was "extremely concerning" that Ms Eagle's office had been attacked and that other MPs were receiving abuse and threats.
And he revealed he too had received death threats this week.
I am calling on all Labour Party members and supporters to act with calm and treat each other with respect pic.twitter.com/Hfzx12ChK9— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) July 12, 2016
It comes less than a month after the Labour MP Jo Cox was stabbed and shot to death in the street outside her Yorkshire constituency office.
Ms Eagle finally launched her bid to oust Mr Corbyn on Monday.
The bitter row may now end up in the courts, as the party's National Executive Committee later makes a ruling on whether the current leader should automatically be included in the new ballot.
Mr Corbyn could be asked to secure nominations from 51 fellow MPs and MEPs, which could be difficult.
Regardless of the ruling made by the NEC, a legal challenge is possible - as the party's rulebook is unclear on what Mr Corbyn's position should be.
He has vowed to fight any exclusion from the ballot paper.
The scene at Angela Eagle's constituency office in Wallasey after a brick was thrown though one of the windows | Photo: Lauren Brown/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Following the EU referendum, 172 Labour MPs indicated they had no confidence in their leader, and only 40 MPs gave Mr Corbyn their backing.
However, the leader does have a considerable mandate from the party's members - and if he is automatically included on the ballot paper, it could prove difficult for Ms Eagle or any other contenders to defeat him in a vote.
The NEC has received conflicting legal advice ahead of its meeting later in London.
Labour-commissioned analysis said Mr Corbyn will need nominations from MPs to stand again.
However, advice backed by the prominent Unite union concluded he should automatically be included on the ballot as a sitting leader.
Mr Corbyn had been due to give a speech at the Unite conference in Brighton on Tuesday afternoon, but it was postponed until later in the week. He is now expected to attend the NEC meeting.
Speaking at the launch of her challenge on Monday, Ms Eagle said: "Jeremy Corbyn is unable to provide the leadership that this party needs - I believe I can.
"I am not a Blairite, I am not a Brownite and I am not a Corbynista, I am my own woman."
There are reports that former frontbencher Owen Smith may also be preparing to launch his own leadership bid.
The civil war within Labour comes at an inconvenient time, with the party's election coordinator calling for a snap general election.
Jon Trickett has called for the next Prime Minister to be "democratically elected" and described Theresa May's move to Number 10 as a "coronation".