He home Secretary has said politicians will not be “cowardly” after the deadly stabbing of MP Sir David Ames, which police believe may be linked to Islamic extremism.
Priti Patel Visited the scene at Belfair Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea with the Prime Minister on Saturday morning boris johnson labor leader siro Keer starrer And Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the Commons, to pay tribute to Sir David, died in a constituency surgery less than 24 hours later.
Ms Patel said security measures are being taken MPs But vowed that they would continue to serve the country non-stop in the face of the attack, which the Metropolitan Police has declared as a terrorist incident.
Speaking at Southend police station, the Home Secretary said: “We will go ahead, we live in an open society, a democracy. We cannot be stopped by any person or any motivation… to prevent us from working, to serve our elected democracy.”
Asked whether there could be a balance between the protection of lawmakers and the democratic process, he said: “It can be balanced, it can be balanced absolutely.”
Ms Patel said Sir David was killed “doing what he loved, serving his own constituents as an elected democratic member and, of course, the actions of this … are absolutely wrong, And we cannot let it get in the way of our functioning. Democracy.”
“That’s why there are measures going on right now – I’ve called meetings tomorrow, I’ve been with the Speaker of the House, and with the police and our security services, all measures are being taken to make sure that all measures are being taken to protect MPs so that they are elected democratically.” to perform their duties as members.
Sir David, 69, who had been an MP since 1983, was seriously injured while meeting constituencies.
The 25-year-old man, arrested from the scene on suspicion of murder, is in custody at the Essex Police Station.
Official sources told the PA news agency that the man is believed to be a British national of Somali heritage.
The Meteorological Department said that as part of the investigation, officials are also conducting searches at two addresses in the London area.
Scotland Yard said the country’s senior-most counter-terrorism official, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Hayden, had formally declared the incident a terrorism and said a preliminary investigation had revealed “a possible motivation linked to Islamic extremism”.
Politicians put up a united front at the church on Saturday morning, with Mr Johnson and Sir Keir personally laying flowers outside the building.
But lawmakers have raised concerns over his safety in the constituency surgery after the attack, sparking debate over whether he should continue in person.
Veteran Labor MP Harriet Herman said she would write to the prime minister asking her to support a president’s conference to review lawmakers’ security.
Tobias MP Tobias Ellwood, who was hailed as a hero for his efforts to save PC Keith Palmer’s life during the Westminster terror attack in 2017, said face-to-face meetings with lawmakers would wait until the security review was completed. should be stopped.
Investigators believe that Sir David’s killer acted alone and are not looking for anyone else in connection with his death.
According to reports, the knife-killer was waiting among a group of people to see Sir David in the church and started the attack soon after the MP arrived.
Local councilor John Lamb told the PA news agency that when he heard Sir David had been “stabbed several times” he ran to the church.
He said: “David was having his surgery in that Methodist church and this man was there to attend the surgery and when he got the chance and went to visit David, he pulled out a knife and stabbed him.”
By the time Mr Lamb arrived, the police were under siege and he could not enter the church.
He said: “We knew it must be very serious because the paramedics had been working on Sir David for over two and a half hours and they did not take him to the hospital. We knew it must be extremely serious and worst case scenario Maybe – we were hoping it won’t happen but it happened. That’s when we heard that he was dead.”
The Conservative counselor said a worker in Sir David’s office who was undergoing surgery during the attack was “not in touch at this time because it is very disturbing, he is receiving counseling at this time”.
Mr Lamb previously told the Daily Mail that Sir David was with two female members of staff – one from his constituency office and one from his parliamentary office – when a man “literally took out a knife and just started hitting him “.
Essex Police Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said that Southend West MP Sir David was “simply discharging his duties when his life was horrifically cut short”.
Tory veteran Sir David, who Mr Johnson described as “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentlemen in politics”, was married with five children.
The attack comes five-and-a-half years after Labor MP Joe Cox was killed by a right-wing extremist in the Batley and Spain constituency of West Yorkshire.