Liberal Democrat leader Jo Swinson has insisted she will not be “bullied” by the online abuse women receive in public life.
During a General Election visit to the south-west of England, Ms Swinson said she would not be silenced.
The Lib Dem leader said she received “a lot of abuse” but it is not just politicians who are targeted on social media.
“And we shouldn’t shy away from that and not recognise that that is the case. And, of course, it should prompt us to continue to change it.
“And one of the ways that we will change it is by having more women, more gay people, more people of colour in positions of power.”
“I’m not going to be bullied out of standing up for what I believe in.”
Ms Swinson took her election fight to the south-west as she used a visit to Somerset to push the party’s environmental agenda.
Visiting an eco-friendly nursery, Ms Swinson lit a fire using wood and cotton, and toasted marshmallows.