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Package containing liquid is found in Labour MP Mohammad Yasin's office

Package containing liquid is found in Labour MP Mohammad Yasin's office

Meanwhile four Muslim Labour MPs have been sent suspicious packages in the last 48 hours, including the letter advocating violence against Muslims. "Specialist officers have been called and the package will be assessed".

Several ambulances from the Incident Response Unit - including hazardous substance specialists - were on the scene, and the police are now investigating the substance.

According to some reports, police are concerned the incident may be linked to a number of letters sent to households across the country urging them to get involved in "Punish A Muslim Day".

The "love a Muslim" poster also features a reward system including 10 points for smiling at a Muslim to 2500 points for buying a Muslim family a Hajj package.

The letters promised "points" for carrying out crimes against Muslims, including ten points for verbal abuse, 100 points for a beating and 2,500 points to...

The images on the letters suggest they may have been sent by mysterious "Last Soldiers of Christ" group. "Among my colleagues, people have shown support but they are outraged". "What are you going to do about it?"

Mr Yasin became the MP for Bedford in last year's snap election after snatching the seat from Tory MP Richard Fuller.

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Despite reports on social media, a parliamentary spokesperson said the building was not evacuated but the affected area was cordoned off while emergency services attended the scene.

A member of Huq's staff has been taken to hospital as a precaution after opening the letter, which the MP told the Guardian was a "sticky substance" and the police had described as "low-level noxious".

London's Metropolitan Police confirmed officers were called to investigate a suspicious package at Norman Shaw buildings and inquiries were continuing.

On Tuesday, a parliamentary spokesman said items of mail containing suspicious substances had been investigated by the Met Police and were not found to be hazardous.

"A man and a woman have been taken to a central London hospital as a precaution", a statement said.

The security scare today comes just before Theresa May is set to update MPs on the ongoing investigation into the suspected poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia last week.


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