Clr Elena Bunbury,¬†Conservative member of Holme Valley Parish Council, was hit by a tirade of online abuse after appearing as an audience member on the TV debate show, and said this time it had reached a whole ‘new level of grim’.¬†
In an act of defiance the 21-year-old posted two photos of herself wearing bikinis with a message to the trolls labelling her a ‘stupid slut’.
On Twitter she wrote: ‘Following my appearance on the #bbcqt, the #FBPE (follow back pro-European Union) are sending death threats, labelling me a stupid slut, posting private photos of me and outing me as bisexual online.
Clr Elena Bunbury (above), 21, received death threats and sexist abuse after supporting Brexit on BBC Question Time¬†
¬†The online abuse followed an appearance she made during a¬† BBC Question Time debate on September 20 in Dewsbury
The 21-year-old posted two photos of herself wearing bikinis with a message to the trolls in an act of defiance
‘So I thought I‚Äôd beat them to it.¬†Enjoy these photos of a stupid slutty Tory bisexual who loves Brexit.’
During the debate on September 20 that was held in Dewbury, West Yorkshire, Clr Bunbury defended the decision made by the UK during the referendum in 2016.
Her contribution to the debate was then tweeted out as a short video clip on the BBC’s Twitter feed.
During the debate show she said: ‘The question says do we walk away do we leave it but to do that shows a complete lack of understanding of what democracy is.
During the debate show the young councillor said: ‘Brexit is the new political football, like the NHS was, that is pushed around to prove points and we need to remember that’
Clr Elena Bunbury, a former Holmfirth High School and Greenhead College pupil, was elected to Holme Valley Parish Council last year
After posting her message to the online trolls on Twitter the 21-year-old has been met with many encouraging messages
‘People voted for Brexit so Brexit is what they deserve.
‘You speak about potentially businesses leaving but I think what we also seem to forget in this discussion is the amount of businesses that might come in.
¬†‘The amount of new jobs that might come in, our relationship with the commonwealth that can build all those businesses that come in.
‘Brexit is the new political football, like the NHS was, that is pushed around to prove points and we need to remember that.
‘I do not see no deal as a bad deal.’¬†
One user wrote:¬† ‘Utterly disgusting the way you are being treated. ‘I don’t agree with what you said on QT but my god you are slaying with this tweet and I am behind you a 100 per cent’
The young councillor told the ExaminerLive that she believed her pro-Brexit stance made during the BBC debate show was what prompted the surge of abuse.¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†
Since the debate show she has contacted West Yorkshire Police to report one of the tweets which she said amounted to a death threat.¬†
After the 21-year-old posted her message on Twitter on Friday she was met with many encouraging messages giving their support.
One user wrote: ‘Utterly disgusting the way you are being treated.
‘I don’t agree with what you said on QT but my god you are slaying with this tweet and I am behind you a 100%. Stay true to you and don’t let them put you off being a strong young female Cllr.’
¬†During the debate show the 21-year-old said: ‘People voted for Brexit so Brexit is what they deserve’
Another follower wrote: ‘Elena is one of the funniest, loveliest and most badass people I know.¬†
‘Just because you disagree with someone‚Äôs opinions doesn‚Äôt give you the right to threaten them and try to demean them.¬†
‘Keep fighting the good fight, it just shows how weak and petty some people can be.’
Her tweet has since gathered more than 2,000 likes on Twitter and has been shared more than 300 times.