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Chuka Umunna fears being pushed off a Tube platform

FEARS: Chuka Umunna

CHUKA UMUNNA has revealed he avoids standing near the edge of Tube platforms because of fears he'll be pushed off them.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 live's Emma Barnett, Umunna said: "I have to say most members of the public, 99% of the time are very pleasant to me when they stop me on public transport all over the country - but you do worry about your public safety.

"I'm careful I do not stand anywhere near the edge of a Tube platform; I get worried sometimes that people are going to push me over."

He added: "There's something about when you become an MP... you almost become de-humanised. And then of course it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy because you'll just end up with odd people in politics and politicians will be hated even more."

The Labour MP was speaking after the Committee on Standards in Public Life called for a crackdown on the rise in intimidation and abuse at elections. It said a new criminal offence of "intimidating parliamentary candidates and campaigners" should be created.

The watchdog also called for social-media companies to tackle "vile and shocking abuse" of politicians.

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