THE BBC'S political editor Laura Kuenssberg was provided with security guards after receiving abuse from supporters of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, it has been claimed.

It has been reported that Ms Kuenssberg was the target of an online left wing hate mob to such an extent that BBC bosses became concerned for her safety and provided her with personal protection.

The Scottish journalist was frequently subjected to claims of bias from Mr Corbyn's supporters, and was booed and jeered during one televised question and answer session.

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The revelation appeared in an article by Spectator columnist Charles Moore, who said:"Early in the campaign, Kuenssberg was assailed by Labour supporters.

"But later on, and in the post-election recriminations, it was Conservative supporters who were the more annoyed with her. Perhaps this is simply explained by the fact that Labour did better than expected and the Tories did worse.

"However, the bit the Tories haven’t said in public but keep complaining about in private is that the BBC never reported that Kuenssberg was so badly threatened online by Corbyn supporters that she was given personal protection."

He added: "They feel that this subdued her capacity to cover the contest clearly. They suspect that if Theresa May had possessed fans as thuggish as Mr Corbyn’s, the BBC would have made a meal of it."

Last weekend senior labour figure Yvette Cooper said she was "sick to death" of the abuse directed at Ms Kuenssberg, who was only doing her job of being "sceptical about everything" politicians said.

The BBC has declined to comment on the claims.