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Katie Price to give evidence to MPs on social media abuse

The TV personality has condemned attacks on her disabled son.

Katie Price is giving evidence to MPs on Tuesday as she calls for online abuse to be made a specific offence.

The TV personality also wants to see the creation of a register of offenders.

Ms Price is appearing before the Commons Petitions Committee after complaining about social media abuse directed at her family.

Her 15-year-old son Harvey – who is partially blind, autistic and has Prader-Willi syndrome – was targeted on Twitter last year by an unnamed 19-year-old who received a caution from Sussex Police.

Katie Price has complained about social media targeting of her child Harvey (Sean Dempsey/PA)

MPs triggered an inquiry into online abuse after Ms Price started a petition which has been backed by more than 200,000 people.

Ms Price said of her experiences: “Harvey was getting racial abuse, they were mocking him … putting him on t-shirts, and he’s got complex special needs – I’ve got five children but they always pick on him.”

She said she wants to introduce legislation called Harvey’s Law, and criticised a lack of social media security over protecting people from such abuse.

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