Education Secretary Andrea Jenkins has explained why she made the rude gesture as she entered Downing Street this week.

MP Morley and Outwood made a hand sign on Thursday as she walked through the black gates where she said a “boisterous crowd” outside hurled abuse at MPs as they entered.

Mrs. Jenkins, who observed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s resignation speech, said she had reached “the end of my strength” after receiving violence and death threats.

Explaining her actions, she tweeted that over the years she had suffered “tremendous abuse from some of the people who were there and I have also received death threats seven times in the last four years”.

“Two of them were in the last few weeks and are now being investigated by the police, I’m out of power.

“I answered and stood up for myself. Why would anyone put up with this kind of treatment.

“I should have been more calm, but I’m only human.”

Leader of the House of Commons Mark Spencer said Ms Jenkins should “justify” her actions and said he was not “seeking to condone” her behaviour.

“I understand that emotions were very high that day and they were quite raw,” he told BBC Breakfast.

“But I don’t think it was the right thing to do.”

Asked whether Ms Jenkins should keep her ministerial role, Mr Spencer said: “That’s not my decision.”

Ms Jenkins was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Education on Friday in a reshuffle by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

The footage, shared on social media on Thursday night, appears to have been filmed not long before Mr Johnson has announced he is stepping down as leader of the Conservative Party

Shadow education secretary Bridget Phillipson tweeted in response to the row: “Ministers don’t have to be perfect.

“But is it really too much to ask that they not treat the public like this?”

The Department of Education has been contacted for comment.

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