Pensions minister Ros Altmann has said that she has been bullied by supporters of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign.
Altmann (pictured) told the Telegraph that she had faced a sustained and hateful campaign from WASPI supporters since being made pensions minister last year.
She told the newspaper that she was the victim of "incessant tweets and emails, trolling, insults and many swear words" after her email address was given out online.
The WASPI campaign petition to make fair transitional arrangements for women born in the 1950s has attracted support from nearly 150,000 people.
Altmann said: "These women have emailed me horrid and vile messages, such as hoping I get struck down with cancer, that I'm a traitor, a turncoat and that I've sold my soul to the devil."
Altmann said that she had spent her life trying to help people with their pensions and had "never seen a campaign that seems so personal."
Altmann said she had never supported the aims of the campaign, although she admits she had called for a slower timetable to raise the state pension age for women.
She said: "I've tried to help these women because I do have sympathy for them, but there's only so much I can do."
WASPI co-founder Anne Keen said that WASPI does not condone personal attacks on the minister.
She said: "I gave out an email address that was publicly available on her website to a few thousands WASPI followers. I did not do that with any ill intent. We've asked our supporters to keep their emails respectful at all times."
A WASPI spokesperson added that they cannot be held responsible for third-party detractors and they did not want to personally insult anybody.
Altmann has blocked the official WASPI campaign from communicating with her on Twitter.
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