UK MPs face ‘substantial’ threat after stabbing by Amess, Home Secretary says – .

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UK MPs face ‘substantial’ threat after stabbing by Amess, Home Secretary says – .



“The Joint Terrorism Analysis Center has carried out an independent review of the risks to MPs,” Interior Minister Priti Patel said.

“Although we do not see any information or intelligence indicating a credible, specific or imminent threat, I must inform the Chamber that the level of threat facing members of this Chamber is now considered to be substantial,” she added. .

The UK defines a “substantial” threat as meaning “an attack is likely”. This aligns the threat to parliamentarians with the threat to the rest of the country, said Patel, which is also considered “substantial.”

Amess, a member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party, died after being stabbed multiple times during a constituency meeting in east London last week, in which authorities declared an act of terrorism.

The 69-year-old, who represented Southend West in Essex, was not considered a controversial politician and was not a widely known political figure in the UK.

It was the second murder of a sitting British lawmaker in five years, after Labor MP Jo Cox was killed in her constituency in 2016 by a man with far-right views.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Home Secretary Priti Patel and House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle laid flowers at Belfairs Methodist Church on October 16, 2021 in Leigh-on-Sea.

The death of Amess has revived discussions on the safety of British elected officials.

A spokesperson for the National Council of Chiefs of Police told CNN on Saturday that local police officers would contact every UK lawmaker to discuss their security arrangements after Amess’ murder.

Tory MP Tobias Ellwood, who tried to save the life of an injured police officer in a 2017 Westminster terror attack, also tweeted that MPs’ engagement with the public was a ‘vital part of our job’ but that there was now, naturally, “enormous anxiety” among his colleagues.

“Until the Home Secretary’s security review of MPs is completed, I would recommend a temporary BREAK in face-to-face meetings,” he said.

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