‘Quality of political discourse must change’, Speaker Lindsay Hoyle warns

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The quality of political discourse in Britain “must change” in the wake of the assassination of Sir David Ames, leader of the House of Commons.

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The Southend West MP and father of five children was stabbed to death during his weekly constituency surgery in Essex on Friday.

The man arrested after the murder, 25-year-old British national Ali Herbie Ali, has been detained under the Terrorism Act and Scotland Yard said it had uncovered “a possible motivation linked to Islamic extremism”.


Five years after a far-right extremist murdered Labor’s Joe Cox as he made his way to see constituents in Butley and Spain, Sir David’s death also sparked increasing crimes against MPs and their safety. Before the dangers.

In a rare intervention, the Speaker of the Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, wrote in a newspaper article that “the hatred that drives these attacks has to end”, adding: “Disagreements with politicians must be resolved at the ballot box, and not through intimidation, intimidation or murder.”

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“If there is anything positive to come out of this latest terrible tragedy, it is that the quality of political discourse has to change. Conversation must be based on kindness and respect,” wrote Sir Lindsay inspector.

Speaking of condolences and admiration for Sir David from across the political spectrum, he said: “This incident has shown that there is unity across political divisions in support of democracy.”

While Sir David – one of Westminster’s longest-serving MPs – himself wrote of Ms Cox’s murder that such an attack “could happen to any of us”, in a book published last December Eyes and Ears: A Survivor’s Guide to Westminster, he had continued the surgery for the Champion constituency.

Parliamentarians received enhanced security measures in the wake of the 2016 assassination of a Labor MP, and Sir David wrote that politicians were “advised to never see people alone”, adding: “These escalating attacks have affected the people of the great British Have openly vitiated the tradition of meeting your elected politicians.”

However, less than a year after his death sparked a debate over whether local surgery represented a weak point in lawmakers’ safety, Tobias MP Tobias Ellwood called for one-on-one meetings with constituents. Called to suspend until a new safety review is done. concluded.

But his former ministerial aide David Davies argued that suspending constituency meetings to stand up for his “friend and colleague” Sir David “would be a terrible reflection”, adding: “David himself is the leader of the last constituency.” was an MP”.

Home Secretary Priti Patel on Sunday promised to do “absolutely everything” to enable MPs to meet their constituents face-to-face.


Credit: www.independent.co.uk /

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