Priti Patel: MPs face ‘substantial threat’ to safety after Amess killing

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This is the second murder of an MP in the last five years.

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Intelligence officials admitted that MPs Now facing a “substantial threat” to his own safety in the wake of the assassination of Sir David Ames, Priti Patel Said.


NS home Secretary Said Folk Linked to a review by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center on Wednesday evening Mi5 A “specific or imminent threat” has not been found.

But he said the threat level to lawmakers was “now considered sufficient” and that counter-terrorism police would ensure “changes in the operating currency are properly reflected”.

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The review was launched after a Conservative representative for Southend West died during surgery on Friday of his constituents.

The killing of the second MP in five years – after Joe Cox was killed in a similar situation – has raised concerns over the safety of British politicians.

Ms Patel said: “While we do not see any information or intelligence that points to a credible or specific or imminent threat, let me update the House that the level of threat facing Members of Parliament is now considered adequate.” goes.

“This is at the same level as the current national threat to the United Kingdom as a whole, so I can assure the House that our world-class intelligence and security agencies and the counter-terrorism police will now ensure that this change is done properly. Visible operating currency. ”

The National Council of Police Chiefs (NPCC) said it would work closely with government and parliamentary authorities to review security measures for MPs following Patel’s announcement.

An NPCC spokesperson said: “In light of this announcement, we will work closely with the government, (police) forces and parliamentary authorities to review the security offer for MPs, so that wherever MPs are in the country, there are more To ensure a consistent security response, any recommendations made to members will need to be informed of their individual circumstances.

“The Parliamentary Liaison and Investigation Team (PLaIT) coordinates the national Operation Bridger response, working closely with parliamentary authorities and the government to reassure members and keep them informed of available advice.

“We can confirm that Operation Bridger representatives in each force have personally contacted each Member of Parliament since the tragic killing of Sir David Ames on Friday to apprise them of the security arrangements available to them. Police further Growing is in a strong position to maintain a direct line of communication with members and to enhance their security protection where it is necessary and appropriate to do so.

“Many Members of Parliament have taken advantage of this immediate opportunity to reevaluate the security arrangements they have in place, and the forces are working with them and their staff to implement any changes. We continue to strongly encourage MPs to immediately report any security concerns to their local police force so that they can keep themselves, their staff and members of the public participating in constituency events safe.

“No one should experience abuse or threats of harm, especially when they are simply doing their job.”


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