The allegation has yet to be proved in court but, even if it is, there is no excuse for publishing threats to kill on his Facebook page.
Such behaviour is a serious criminal offence in the UK and it is right that the culprit should face the full force of the law.
Perhaps – once all the necessary legal proceedings have been worked out – Mr Mackinlay and the man who threatened him can work out their differences…
By sharing a prison cell.
A man has been arrested after a threatening message – which included knife and gun emojis – was sent to an MP just days after the murder of Jo Cox.
The comment was posted on Craig Mackinlay’s Facebook page underneath a post supporting the campaign to leave the EU. Mackinlay was voted in as Conservative MP for South Thanet in the 2015 elections, beating Ukip leader Nigel Farage.
The Facebook comment read: “Another MP that needs …” followed by a picture of a gun, knife and two smiley faces.
Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and stabbed in the street in her constituency last Thursday.
Labour MP Yvette Cooper reported a death threat to police after she received a tweet in which a user threatened to kill her children and grandchildren after complaining of receiving her remain campaign emails.