Police contacting every MP after Sir David Amess killing, says Raab

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Police is approaching MPs to reassure them the protection after the murder Sir David Amesey, Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Rabo said on Monday.

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As lawmakers prepare to pay tribute to the veteran Conservative MP in Westminster on MondayMr Raab also confirmed that MPs will be offered personal security guards to protect them during surgery in the constituency where they meet with local voters.

Sir David was stabbed to death during a surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church leh-on-seaEssex on Friday. His death – which comes five years after the assassination of Labor MP from Spain and Joe Cox by a right-wing extremist – is shocking. Westminster and called for tightening security around lawmakers and tackling online abuse targeted at lawmakers.

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Mr Raab told Sky News the online hate received by lawmakers was “out of control”, adding that the “incredible” abuse and condemnation of female lawmakers “particularly had to stop”.

He continued: “My local police had contacted me over the weekend … all MPs must be getting those calls. I certainly found it reassuring.

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“Everyone is in a slightly different situation, everyone’s circumstances are a little different. My own personal feeling is that we need to do our due diligence, think about how available we are and make sure we are not at undue risk.

“Nobody wants – I certainly don’t want to – there’s a wedge between me and the people who choose me and the people I’ve been voted to serve and I think a lot of people feel that way. “

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Asked whether lawmakers would be offered police protection, Mr Raab said: “We are more likely to see private security guards. The problem you have is that a lot of people are coming to see your MP, it’s a lot of work, it takes a lot of courage, they feel sensitive about it, they will feel insecure. You don’t want to add to that feeling of foreboding.

“On the other hand – and this is the nature of the modern age – we are out there, we are available, we advertise everything we do online so we need to think about a proportional risk-based approach, and That will vary from person to person.

“Secondly, the elephant in the room of all of this is the amount of online hate we all get. It’s out of control. The amount of reprehensible abuses and abuses on MPs and especially women MPs has to stop. “

Later on Monday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will pay tribute to Sir David in the House of Commons. Politicians will be able to share their memories for at least two hours conservative MP for Southend West after morning prayer and one minute silence at 2.30 pm.

Mr Raab began an emotional day of remembrance at Westminster by calling Sir David a “kind decent man”.

He continued: “He was known as Mr. Essex and Mr. Southend. He was incredibly energetic. But what really defined him was that even when he disagreed with people, he had Generosity was there and we will miss him and I will miss him personally. Ever since I was in the House of Commons, he was very kind and generous with his advice.”

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