LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will lead a special session of tribute in parliament on Monday after the Conservative MP was stabbed to death as he met constituents, an attack that has threatened politicians’ safety and vitriol directed at them. concerns about the level.
Ali Herbie Ali, a 25-year-old British man of Somali heritage, is being arrested under the Terrorism Act on suspicion of murder in the David Ames murder. Police say the suspect appears to have acted alone and may have had “inspiration linked to Islamic extremism”.
The death of a popular legislator who served in Parliament for nearly 40 years shook Britain, especially its political class. It came five years after Labor Party legislator Joe Cox was shot and killed by a far-right extremist.
The House of Commons returns on Monday from a three-week break, and most of the scheduled business has been replaced by Tribute to Ames. This will be followed by a service at the medieval St. Margaret’s Church in the shadow of Parliament.
The government has ordered a review of the security of MPs after Friday’s attack. British politicians are protected by the armed police when they are in Parliament, but they are generally not given such protection when meeting constituents in the districts they represent.
Many politicians say the amount of abuse they receive online and in person has increased in recent years. Police in Wales said on Monday they have arrested a 76-year-old man on suspicion of sending death threats to Labor MP Chris Bryant, the latest in a string of threats to politicians.
Bryant said the politics’ tenure was “more sour now than I’ve known in 20 years.”
Nick Thomas-Symonds, the crime and police spokesman for the main opposition Labor Party, said he and several other politicians received “threats in the streets, death threats, horrific letters, horrific emails”.
“I don’t know any MP who hasn’t suffered such a loss,” he told the BBC. “It is clear that something has to change now.”
The killing has also restarted the debate about the threat from radicals from an Islamic extremist or far-right ideology.
Several media outlets have reported that the suspect had been sent for several years to a government-sponsored program designed to turn people away from extremism, but this was not considered a topic of current interest by the security services.
Police have until Friday to question the suspect, and are working to determine what he had to do with Ames and why he targeted the lawmaker. The politician’s meeting with voters in the seaside town of Leh-on-Sea was public and open to all.
The AIIMS family said in a statement that they were struggling to understand what had happened.
“We ask people to put aside their differences and show kindness and love to all,” the politician’s wife and five children said. “This is the only way forward. Put the hatred away and work towards solidarity.”