All MPs are being contacted by police to check on their security following the death of Sir David Amess.
Priti Patel has ordered an immediate review after the MP, 69, was fatally stabbed during a constituency surgery on Friday. A man, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
The home secretary met police and representatives of the security and intelligence agencies this afternoon after saying she had been left ‘devastated’ by the tragedy.
Sir Lindsay Hoyle, the Speaker of the House of Commons has confirmed every MP will be contacted by officers after he spoke with Boris Johnson and Ms Patel.
Ms Patel has described the fatal stabbing as an ‘attack on democracy itself’ in a series of tweets.
She said: ‘That he was killed while going about his constituency duties is heartbreaking beyond words. It represents a senseless attack on democracy itself.
‘Questions are rightly being asked about the safety of our country’s elected representatives and I will provide updates in due course.’
Speaking to BBC2’s Newsnight, Sir Lindsay added: ‘It is about doing the right things working with the police constabularies right across the United Kingdom because it is about joining that up.
‘I know that they are contacting all the MPs to check about their safety, to reassure them, because in the end we have got to make sure that is a priority.’
He continued: ‘Those people who do not share our values or share democracy, they will not win and we won’t let them win. We will continue to look at security, that is ongoing and it will continue.’
The speaker held his constituency surgery as normal on Friday evening, despite some MPs cancelling theirs.
He said politicians meeting their constituents was an ‘essential part of the democratic process’.
‘What we can’t do is give in to these people, people who don’t believe in our values, don’t believe in what we do,’ he told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme.
‘I believe the electorate needs to be able to communicate with the people who have been elected. It is part of our democratic process.
‘We don’t want knee-jerk reaction. What we want to do is make sure MPs can carry out their duties. We have got to make sure MPs are safe.
‘What we can’t have is people trying to stop MPs carrying out their duties. We will not and must not tolerate intimidation, threat, violence and at worst somebody being murdered again.’
His sentiments were echoed by the longest-serving sitting MP – Sir Peter Bottomley.
‘I predict all over the country this weekend, next weekend and in the months to come MPs will hold advice sessions. That is what we do,’ he said.
‘There is no perfect security for anybody. My view has always been that in many other walks of life you are at far greater risk than a Member of Parliament.’
Sir David’s death echoes that of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was fatally shot and stabbed as she attended a constituency surgery in 2016.
Brendan Cox, Ms Cox’s widower, wrote on Twitter: ‘This brings everything back.’
Ms Cox’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, Labour MP for Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire, said her partner has asked her to step down.
‘It’s so hard because you have a job to do,’ she said.
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