Published: August 16, 2013
Burnham's MEP 'bombarded with abuse' over Gibraltar comments

Burnham-On-Sea's Member of the European Parliament says she has been bombarded with vicious abuse by Spanish internet trolls after standing up for Gibraltar over Spain's bullying.

Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar, claims she has been singled out for a series of "deeply offensive and racist" messages via email and Twitter.

It comes after she intervened in the dispute over Spanish tactics which are causing huge delays at the Gibraltar border.

Following her suggestion that British holidaymakers should boycott Spanish resorts in protest, the messages began arriving.

One person said: "You are a nazi Julie Goering" and others were even more offensive, saying "You're too ugly to visit Spain anyway", and a suggestion using racist terms that she should holiday in India.

Mrs Girling said: "It may be that to be trolled goes with the job. However, the Spanish Twitter trolls aren't doing their argument any favours by trolling me."

"Their abuse shows they have no argument as they can only resort to the lowest form of language."

"The people of Gibraltar need our support. They will not be bullied by the Spanish Government or by a minority of the Spanish people. Neither will I."

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