Follow Metropolitan Police

Man sentenced for verbally abusing and threatening Members of Parliament

News   •   Aug 08, 2019 10:03 BST

[Robert Vidler]

Robert Vidler, 64 (19.05.55) of Vaughan Road Harrow, has on Friday, 2 August received an 18-week sentence for abusing Members of Parliament, following a trial at the City of London Magistrates’ Court.

He had been found guilty on the same day of all eight offences against him; five of harassment and a further three of malicious communications - all received an 18 week sentence to run concurrently.

He has also been granted a Criminal Behaviour Order with conditions of; not to contact directly or indirectly any Member of Parliament other than the Member of Parliament representing a constituency where he is a registered voter.

Between 8 January and 24 January, Vidler left multiple voicemails on Palace of Westminster phones to Conservative and Labour MP’s, all using abusive language and aggressive threats of significant violence.

All of the voicemails left to MP’s made a reference to their involvements in Brexit. Vidler has since said that he does not remember making the calls following his admission that he is an alcoholic.

After the messages had been reported, his arrest was sought by police. He self-presented at Harrow police station on Sunday, 27 January and was subsequently arrested for harassment and then malicious communications.

Data taken from his phone through his internet search history revealed that he had searched the details of MP’s on multiple occasions. The number also matched that of messages left on the Palace of Westminster phones’ and call logs further incriminated Vidler in the case.

He had pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and denied any criminal activity.