Priti Patel has been appearing on Sky News this morning (Picture: Sky News)
MPs could be offered further security protection while appearing in public after the stabbing of Sir David Amess.
The Home Secretary Priti Patel has said police officers may be deployed in future to be stationed at the entrance to an MP’s surgery.
Other measures could include scanning all participants for weapons, if police deemed it necessary.
Appearing on Sky News, Ms Patel was asked whether it was time for MPs to be offered similar protection to that which she’s been given as home secretary.
She replied that the Speaker of the House of Commons has ‘already put in a range of measures’ to safeguard MPs after Friday’s fatal attack.
She added: ‘Within that there are other options that are being considered, such as when you hold your surgeries could you have officers or some kind of protection while you’re holding you surgery?
‘Now it’s not for me to determine the mechanism for that right now but there are discussions under way right now looking at a whole spectrum. That’s only one example, and there are others as well that are actively under consideration right now.’
She said it is ‘not necessarily about new resources’ but said ‘we will do absolutely everything to – for me and for the Government – this is about safeguarding our democracy and enabling our elected representatives to carry on doing what they do, serving the public.’
Asked if she would consider airport-style security, Ms Patel said: ‘That would be with the police and the House authorities. There are lots of things under consideration already.’
Sir David, 69, who had been an MP since 1983, was meeting constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday afternoon when he was stabbed multiple times in a frenzied attack.
A man arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder was later further detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 and is in custody at a London police station.
The 25-year-old has been named in the media as Ali Harbi Ali.
MPs have been contacted by their local police officers in light of the death.
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