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MPs in the UK to be given further security following murder of David Amess MP

The United Kingdom is considering a number of options to boost the security of MPs after David Amess MP was stabbed to death during a meeting with constituents.

The murder of David Amess occurred just five years after Jo Cox of the Labour Party was killed.

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69-year-old David Amess was stabbed to death on Friday in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, during a meeting in a church.

Police arrested a 25-year-old man at the scene of the crime and he is currently being detained under the Terrorism Act.

Home Secretary of the UK Priti Patel said: “The speaker has already put in a range of measures post-Friday as we have with policing.”

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“Within that there are other options that are being considered such as when you hold your surgeries, could you have officers or some kind of protection…?” she continued.

“Now it’s not for me to determine the mechanism for that right now but there are discussions under way right now looking at a whole spectrum. That’s only one example, and there are others as well that are actively under consideration right now.”

Patel continued to say it’s not necessarily about new resources, but “we will do absolutely everything to – for me and for the government – this is about safeguarding our democracy and enabling our elected representatives to carry on doing what they do, serving the public.”

When asked if she would consider airport-like security, she responded: “That would be with the police and the House authorities. There are lots of things under consideration already.”

IMAGE – “PM Boris Johnson speaking at the opening of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London, 20 January 2020” by DFID – UK Department for International Development is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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