'We laughed together': Labour's Jess Phillips meets man who hammered her office windows

8 November 2019, 16:57 | Updated: 8 November 2019, 20:57

Labour's Jess Phillips has met the man who hammered her office windows and kicked the door, forcing her staff to hide inside.

Ms Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley since 2015, said at the time that the incident, coupled with a spate of death threats, left her feeling jumpy and worried.

But today she met with the man, who pleaded guilty to a public order offence and was fined last month, and said they will now work together.

Ms Phillips tweeted: "Today I met the man who a few weeks ago would have told you hated me, that he thought I hated him. Together we laughed together, talked about Brexit together, cared about each other and now we will work together."

Michael Roby, 36, was fined £40 after pleading guilty to using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

He hammered on the windows of Ms Phillips' constituency office and shouted "fascist".

:: Listen to the Daily podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, Spreaker

Ms Phillips staff had to lock themselves in the office, and then cut off the phone lines in her Westminster office as she received calls labelling her a "traitor".

During Roby's trial, Ms Phillips said she "asked for leniency because I want to meet him".

Remedi, the restorative justice group, said: "A powerful, honest and inspiring direct RJ meeting today between MP @jessphillips and the man who recently committed an offence against her in the West Midlands."