The fatal stabbing of Conservative MP Sir David Ames has been declared a terrorist incident.
The 69-year-old, who had been an MP since 1983, was attacked Friday afternoon while meeting constituents during a routine surgery at the Belfair Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
The Metropolitan Police said a preliminary investigation into the killing, led by counter-terrorism officers, had uncovered “a possible motivation linked to Islamic extremism”.
The 25-year-old man, arrested from the scene on suspicion of murder, is in custody at the Essex Police Station.
The suspect is believed to be a British national of Somali heritage, although this has yet to be confirmed by police.
Officials are also raiding two addresses in London as part of the investigation.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked all police forces to review the security arrangements of MPs after the attack with immediate effect.
Tory veteran Sir David, who was described by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentlemen in politics”, had been MP since 1983 and had five children.
Police will contact every MP regarding security
The National Council of Police Chiefs says that each MP will be contacted by the police to discuss their security arrangements.
A spokesman said: “In light of yesterday’s tragic attack, each MP will be contacted personally by Op Bridger representatives in their local force, and to ensure that they are aware of all advice concerning their personal safety and security. Huh.
“If they are planning to attend any program in the coming days, they will also talk to the MPs about the security arrangements, so that proper advice can be given.
“We encourage lawmakers to immediately report any security concerns to their local police force to keep themselves, their staff and members of the public attending surgery safe.
Funding is available through the Granthshala Parliamentary Standards Authority for security needs based on threat assessments made by the police.
Counselor says Sir David may not have approved the online Constituent Assembly
Councilor Kevin Buck, vice-president of the Southend West Constituency Association, has said he is against moving MPs’ surgery meetings to Zoom following the death of aide Sir David Ames.
Mr Buck said he did not believe Sir David wanted the meetings to take place online, nor did he want additional security such as metal detectors and police presence in face-to-face conversations with constituents.
Speaking to BBC Breakfast he said: “I don’t think they would have approved, I personally don’t really approve, I know we have to take our personal safety very seriously, but I enjoy, As Sir David did, meeting people.
“That’s why we do this, so that we can lead people and help people, and I don’t want to do that behind a TV screen or behind a glass screen or a safety box because then we’re lost.”
Tobias Ellwood urges lawmakers to stop one-on-one constituent meetings
A former Conservative minister has urged fellow lawmakers to stop offering face-to-face meetings with constituents after the fatal stabbing of Sir David Ames.
Tobias Ellwood, who attempted to save Pee Keith Palmer’s life after a terror attack on Westminster in 2017, told BBC Radio 4 world tonight Program: “I recommend that no MP has direct surgery unless you can switch to Zoom. There are other ways.
“You can actually accomplish a lot over the telephone, you can move things along a lot faster than you can wait for the surgery date.”
Knife killing of Tory MP declared terrorist incident
The fatal stabbing of Conservative MP Sir David Ames, who was killed on Friday while meeting constituents at a routine public surgery, has been declared a terrorist incident.
The 69-year-old suffered multiple injuries in the attack at the Belfair Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested for the murder, police said.
Counter Terror Detectives are investigating his motives as officers search two London addresses.
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David Ames: Tory MP’s fatal stabbing police declared terroristic
The 25-year-old suspect is believed to be a British citizen of Somali origin, and is still in custody
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