Review of MP security
By Ellen Nicholson
It is absolutely tragic news that the MP David Amess has died today after being stabbed in his Essex constituency.
By all accounts, David a long serving MP, was widely repsected and kind to all, passionate about animal welfare and his constituents. He will leave many friends, family and colleagues grieving his loss today.
It is right too that the Home Secretary has ordered a review of MP security in light of today's events. In Britain, armed police officers provide security to lawmakers while they're in Parliament, but not during constituency surgeries.
Whilst rare there have been previous attacks on other British lawmakers during constituent meetings since 2000: David Amess, Jo Cox in 2016, Stephen Timms in 2010, and Nigel Jones in 2000. Nigel Jones's aide - Andy Pennington was killed in the attack. Local councillors have also occasionally been subjected to attacks and we would request that any review of security looks at both national and local politican' security.
Condolences to Sir David Amess family and friends at this awful time.