David Amess murder will spark renewed debate over security for MPs

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After Westminster recovered from the shock of the murder of a second constituency within five years, talks were underway on possible action to increase security for MPs.

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Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle spoke with Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday afternoon and vowed that parliamentary officials “will not rest on our laurels” in re-evaluating the measures in place.

After the assassination of Labor’s Joe Cox in 2016, security was beefed up, with all lawmakers offering panic buttons, extra lights and extra locks, as well as emergency alarm fobs in their homes and offices.

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Announcing that the Commons business would be devoted to a tribute to Sir David when MPs returned from their autumn recess on Monday, Sir Lindsay said: “Later, we will take further measures if necessary.”

Sir Lindsay said he would personally go ahead with a planned surgery in his Chorley constituency on Friday evening.

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“We cannot afford to sabotage democracy,” he said. “Nobody will defeat democracy.”

But lawmakers said they needed to strike a balance between keeping them safe and allowing easy access to constituents to give them the opportunity to raise concerns and concerns.

There is a strong attachment to the surgical system, which sees MPs conducting first-come-first-served discussion sessions with members of the public, and which Sir David himself has seen as an important means of keeping in close contact with local issues. seen as

in your book Yes and Cannes: A Survivor’s Guide to Westminster, published last year, he wrote of the “great British tradition of meeting constituents” as a fundamental element of the democratic system.

Local police forces are responsible for protecting MPs outside the Houses of Parliament, but the Granthshala Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) is responsible for approving funding for security procedures.

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