Walthamstow MP has endured a number of threats online

The harassment of Stella Creasy MP on Twitter has continued after she was sent an image of a masked man brandishing a knife.

The accompanying message, from the now suspended user @Murkztah_, read: “I’m gonna be the first thing u see when u wake up..”

The 36-year-old Labour MP for Walthamstow (that includes the Argall BID), was threatened with rape and received bomb threats on the social media site after supporting feminist campaigner Caroline Criado-Perez in her campaign to have an image of a woman on banknotes.

Ms Creasy said: “It just has to stop. That’s the main thing and that’s my message.” The image is the first picture threat she has received. “This isn’t about attacking an MP it’s about stopping people who think it’s acceptable to attack women like this,” she said.

“Confronting these people is something we need to do for society to move forward. “This kind of tactic is being used to reduce the number of people in online spaces.” When asked if she was scared by the threats she said she was not going to give those making threats the satisfaction of her fear.

She is among a number of high profile women in the public eye to be harassed online. As a Regeneration professional I spent 15 years implementing a variety of successful projects and programmes in Waltham Forest. In that time I found Stella to be committed and dedicated to her constituents and supportive of schemes that improve local conditions.