MP frustration over police support for their security emerges after Amess killing

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Parliamentarians’ frustration with the police’s response to their security in the aftermath of Sir David Ames’ murder came to the fore today.

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Labor frontbencher Lisa Nandy said there was “a huge disparity” between aid offered by forces in different parts of the country, and Tory backbencher Andrew Rosindale said his own pleas for aid were repeatedly ignored.

The complaints came after Home Secretary Priti Patel promised to do “absolutely everything” so that MPs could continue to meet their constituents face-to-face, growing concerns about the practice of conducting open-to-all surgeries like Sir David’s. in the midst of uneasiness. attacked on Friday.


Ms Patel said action was already underway to improve the security of lawmakers, and further measures would be announced – which could include surgery or regular police presence in airport-style metal detector arches. At one point, he even indicated that he was ready to consider closer protection to parliamentarians, the kind currently provided to prime ministers and senior cabinet members.

But Ms Nandy told Sky News Trevor Phillips on Sunday: “My biggest fear is that it just keeps happening and we keep arguing and then nothing changes very much.

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“Additional measures are needed to enable people to go about their daily lives with appropriate advice, not just about safety.

“There is a huge disparity between the advice and support offered by the various police services across the country.”

Ms Nandy said the support given to MPs was “very meager”, and complained of her own treatment after being “disrupted” during a pro-Brexit rally outside Parliament, which featured London Mayor and then PM Theresa May’s effigies were dragged on the streets.

“The police officers told us that we have to go through that rally to go to Parliament,” he said. “We were surrounded and there was little response and when I complained to the parliamentary authorities … I was told ‘Well, unfortunately, people have strong ideas about Brexit and they deserve to voice them. ‘.


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