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Merseyside MPs have been threatened by conspiracy theorists in a torrent of online abuse during the coronavirus pandemic. The ECHO spoke to MPs from across Merseyside who claim they have been contacted by conspiracy theorists and even received direct threats. One Merseyside MP, who asked not to be named, claimed they were threatened with a "Nuremberg style war crimes tribunal” in a worrying exchange. MPs also reported a number of people claiming the coronavirus pandemic is a "hoax", despite the fact the current UK death toll stands at more than 120,000 people. Mick Whitley, MP for Birkenhead said: “A small number of constituents have written to me claiming that the pandemic is a hoax and that the vaccine is a conspiracy to poison us all. Full story

27 February