'Racist Propaganda': BNP Sent Labour an Abusive Diane Abbott Christmas Card

A Labour MP has shared an abusive Christmas card sent to Jeremy Corbyn from the British National Party to highlight the dangers of their "racist propaganda."

The card, a version of which is also positioned as the cover image on the far-right party's Twitter page, shows a doctored image of Labour's Shadow Home Secretary Diane Abbott as Father Christmas, carrying away a Christmas tree.

A slogan reads: "Stop Labour stealing our white Christmas."

"Just spoke to [Abbott] about this racist BNP Xmas card [Corbyn] has just received," Lewis said.

"I'm not keen on sharing racist propaganda but I think it's important folk see the kind of hate Diane is subjected to for doing nothing more than standing up for her beliefs."

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Jeremy Corbyn and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott arrive at St Paul's cathedral for a Grenfell Tower National Memorial service on December 14, 2017 in London, England. Abbott receives a huge share of abuse against MPs. Daniel Leavl-Olivas/Pool/Getty Images

The disclosure comes as David Lammy, the MP for Tottenham, revealed he had passed a letter to the police that threatened him with "the same fate" as Jo Cox, the MP murdered during the Brexit campaign.

Abbott, who in 1987 became the first black woman to be elected to parliament, has received large amounts of online abuse even at a time when venting hatred at MPs is commonplace.

Research by Amnesty International earlier this year found that Abbott received 10 times as much Twitter abuse as any other MP during the snap election campaign in the spring.

She alone received 45 percent of all the abusive tweets sent to female MPs during the election.

In parliament on Tuesday (December 19), during a Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry into social media companies' handling of hate speech, committee chair Yvette Cooper said "very racist abuse... towards Diane Abbott" was among the offensive content her staff flagged to Twitter.

Abbott herself spoke about the abuse in a Westminster Hall debate in July. She said that "We are talking about mindless abuse and in my case the mindless abuse has been characteristically racist and sexist."