Boris Johnson has called for people to be “civil and kind” in political debates, despite repeatedly dismissing concerns about his own incendiary language.
The PM’s press secretary, Allegra Stratton, said life had been made “very unpleasant” for Conservative MPs during debates around free school meals.
And Mr Johnson is said to be concerned that an opposition day debate calling on the government not to cut Universal Credit might lead to “intimidation” of his MPs.
In a WhatsApp message to Tory MPs, Mr Johnson reportedly compared the abuse doled out to Tories online to events “across the Atlantic.”
Asked about the remarks, Ms Stratton admitted: “It’s clearly not like the storming of the Capitol.”
But she said: “The PM is urging everybody … to be civil and kind to each other when debating matters that clearly matter greatly and passionately not just to parliamentarians but to people up and down the country.”
In 2019 Prime Minister was broadly criticised for referring to a bill to extend the Brexit deadline as the “Surrender Act”.
In similar debates around Brexit, the PM referred to “betrayals” and “frustrating the will of the people” in response to scrutiny of the Brexit process.
But when Labour MP Paula Sherriff told Mr Johnson she had received death threats using the same language as the PM, he dismissed it.
“I have to say that I have never heard such humbug in all my life,” he said.
He later told Tracy Brabin, who was elected to replace murdered MP Jo Cox that the best way to “honour the memory of Jo Cox and to bring this country together is, I think, to get Brexit done.”
He also referred to Theresa May’s Brexit deal as a “suicide vest” – something one Tory minister said at the time was the most “disgusting moment” he’d seen in British politics.
Mr Johnson has repeatedly refused to apologise for racially and culturally insensitive comments, which reportedly led to intimidation of minority communities.
Monitoring group Tell Mama said the number of anti-Muslim abuse incidents jumped by 375% following a column written by Mr Johnson in which he said women who wear face veils looked like “letterboxes” and “bank robbers”.
Mr Johnson defended the comments, saying he wanted to live in a “culture that allows people to speak frankly and doesn’t convict them of malice aforethought.”
Asked whether Mr Johnson’s plea for civil discourse applied to Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick referring to people as “woke warriors” and “baying mobs”, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman declined to answer.
Mr Jenrick’s comments referred to new laws planned to block the removal of statues of racists and slave owners.
The Spokesman said: “I point you back to his words. We have set out the details of the policy we are introducing, specifically the fact that we believe it is important that we can educate future generations about British history.”