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Jeremy Corbyn has been told to get a grip and rein his supporters in

A cross-party report into the campaign found Conservative candidates were left fearing for their lives after being intimidated by voters, with one even being branded a paedophile.

One Tory MP lost his seat after a group, claiming to be unbiased despite clear links to the Labour candidate, branded him a “nonce”.

A fellow politician had her car tyres slashed outside her home and reported three serious death threats to police, the report seen by MailOnline revealed.

Andrew Percy, Tory MP for Brigg and Goole who converted to Judaism, was named in the report.

The former Northern Powerhouse minister, said a woman in the street told him she was a Corbyn supporter and shouted anti-semitic abuse at him as he campaigned, calling him “Zionist scum” and telling him “I’ll need a wash now” after tapping him on the arm.

Ameet Jogia, a Londoner, born and raised in Brent where he stood against Labour frontbencher Barry Gardiner, was also named in the report after he had racist graffiti plastered on the inside of a polling booth which officials then failed to remove.

It read: “Vote Labour Barry, not Jogia. Keep P***s out of politics.”

The parliamentary inquiry into electoral conduct said political parties were failing to do enough to help candidates deal with the high level of hostility.

The all-party report said it was disappointing a standardised system for reporting discrimination had not been agreed by parties after the idea was first recommended four years ago.

Parties were warned they need to do more to “better select, prepare, support and, where appropriate, discipline candidates at all levels of election: local and national”.

Tory MP Simon Hart is due to use a Commons debate on the issue later today to demand Mr Corbyn and the hard-Left campaign group Momentum halt their intimidation.

The Labour leader has previously condemned the abuse, but always said it is not carried out in his name.

Mr Hart, told MailOnline: “Rather than just putting out feeble messages online saying you condemn all this, Jeremy Corbyn needs to actually do something about it.

“Mr Corbyn and the leaders of Momentum need, when there is even the faintest whiff of this stuff, to say ‘You are not welcome in our party or to campaign on our behalf and wear the Labour badge if this is how you’re going to behave’.”

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Mr Corbyn’s followers are accused of abusing Tory MPs

Labour reacted by accusing the Conservatives of carrying out harsh personal attacks on its MPs.

Ian Lavery, Labour’s chairman, and engagement spokesman, Cat Smith, wrote to Tory chairman Sir Patrick McLoughlin, saying: “The Conservatives ran a negative, nasty campaign, propagating personal attacks, smears and untruths, particularly aimed at one of the most prominent women MPs, and indeed the first black woman MP, Diane Abbott.

“Such attacks on politicians, the consequent intimidating and abusive language and threats of violence towards them online, deter many people from entering politics.

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Tory MP Andrew Percy had anti-semitic remarks shouted at him

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Ameet Jogia was called a P*** in Brent

“Parties and politicians have a responsibility to set an example, by treating others with dignity and respect, including those with whom we strongly disagree.

“The Conservative Party has instead promoted personal attacks as a core component of its national campaign.”

A review of the law has been ordered by Theresa May who said during Prime Minister’s Questions two weeks ago she was shocked by the number of Tory MPs, especially women, who had spoken to her about intimidation and harassment during the campaign.

Her No 10 policy unit has been ordered to draw up plans to protect MPs further.

Political motivation could be made an aggravating factor in court cases.

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