Michelle Mone, the lingerie-tycoon behind Ultimo, has spoken out against the online trolls that have forced her to leave her home in Scotland.
Mone said: "I found myself caught up in a growing, and extremely vitriolic social media hate campaign after becoming one of only a few business leaders to come out in favour of both nations remaining together. For the first time, I didn’t feel safe in Scotland."
Been a long hard decision,but I'm moving away for many reasons.Ultimo HQ will still remain.My passion&love will never die for #Scotland— Michelle Mone OBE (@MichelleMone) May 21, 2015
She continued: "The mood has got consistently worse and I now believe that the Scottish National Party’s Scotland is becoming a place consumed by hatred and ill will, a place where free speech is gradually being crushed and enterprise is despised."
"The SNP have turned my country into an angry, divided nation and it’s really sad to see."
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Oh I'm SO SO sorry for working hard,taking risks,employing people&giving back.I forgot success in SNP land is EVIL https://t.co/HQwvcxxhZ2— Michelle Mone OBE (@MichelleMone) May 26, 2015
Her experience with Cybernats isn't isolated. In May, Harry Potter author JK Rowling was urged to emigrate from Scotland after suffering persistent online abuse in the wake of the referendum.
Mone has called for Nichola Sturgeon to bring her supporters into line, saying: "She's a smart woman and she has been very successful at bringing her party to this point. But she also needs to take control of her MPs and supporters, and bring them into line. She’s allowing them to behave like this. It’s not professional."
She added: "A leader has to take responsibility. I have to take responsibility for my company and my team, why can't she?"