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A pensioner who despatched Angela Rayner, Labour’s deputy chief, a ‘vile and abusive e mail’ has been fined £700 – after she was compelled to enchantment a choice to not prosecute.

David Perry, 66, despatched the “highly offensive” message to the 43-year-old MP, during which he known as her “an ugly menopausal pig”.

The prosecution was triggered by Ms Rayner’s request for a sufferer’s proper to overview (VRR) after an preliminary resolution was taken to not prosecute the pensioner.

The e mail, despatched from Perry’s account, made crude and offensive references to Ms Rayner’s look and mentioned she was a “puppet of the industrial military complex”.

It additionally referenced a Mail on Sunday article suggesting Ms Rayner had crossed and uncrossed her legs to distract Boris Johnson throughout Prime Minister’s Questions.

It mentioned: “Please get off the news channels and go get a job in a fish factory.”

The e mail additionally said: “Do you actually assume anyone can be desirous about an unpleasant menopausal pig such as you?”

Perry went on to make derogatory comments about Ms Rayner’s anatomy and breanded her a “typical profession politician”.

In a victim personal statement, Ms Rayner said the message had left her “appalled at the level of repugnant malice”.

She also asked why anyone would think it was acceptable to send such offensive words to a woman.

The email, sent to the constituency mailbox of Ms Rayner, was traced back to Perry and he was arrested by Greater Manchester Police in July 2022.

When interviewed by police, Perry accepted that the email address was his but denied sending the email and instead claimed he had been hacked.

However, he was unable to produce any evidence to back up claims that his Wi-Fi or IT systems had been hacked by a third party.

Perry, of Weybridge, Surrey, previously pleaded guilty at Westminster Magistrates Court to a charge of sending grossly offensive communication to the MP.

He was fined £700 and ordered to pay £300 in costs at Staines Magistrates’ Court on December 28.

Rosemary Ainslie, head of the CPS Special Crime Division, described Perry’s email as “completely unacceptable”.

She said: “Perry’s email was highly offensive and insulting to Ms Rayner, and his comments have no place in a civilised society.

“Neither she nor her constituency staff should have to be subjected to such vitriol – it is completely unacceptable.

“The public should know that they cannot simply send such grossly offensive communications without repercussions.

“Online communications might be traced and folks breaking the legislation will probably be dropped at justice.”