Counter-terror police are leading the investigation into the fatal attack on the Conservative MP Sir David Amess, who was stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery.
Sir David was the Southend West MP in Essex. A British Somalian man was taken into custody on suspicion that he was involved in the murder.
Paramedics tried for two hours to save the 69-year-old father-of-five, but he died of his injuries and figures across the political spectrum have paid tribute to the “irreplaceable” MP.
According to Essex Police, a man aged 25 was taken into custody. Officers are not seeking anyone else.
A witness who described seeing the suspect being taken away by the police – who are still seeking to establish a motive – said he was calm and compliant.
Ben-Julian Harrington, Chief Constable Essex Police: “It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this is a terrorist incident.”
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed Amess’ murder thusly:
One of the all-party colleagues who was lauding veteran conservatives was the prime minister. They “died after being attacked by member surgery” as “true gentlemen” and “decent” family men.
And there was a rebellion that the MP should not succumb to an “attack on democracy” by refusing to meet voters in person in the future.
Back to Downing Street to address the shocking news of the Cabinet Absence Day in Bristol, the Prime Minister said:
He said death “came after nearly 40 years of continuous service to the Essex people and Britain as a whole.”
“The reason people are so shocked and sad is, above all, that he was one of the kindest, finest and most calm people in politics,” he said.
“He also had an excellent record of passing the law to help the most vulnerable people.”
Half-mast of the Westminster flag to honor the 69-year old who is a Member of Parliament since 1983.
Nigel Farage was a former MEP, Conservative Commentator and had these insights into security issues faced by British officials.
The security of our MPs is crucial. My profile as an MEP was much higher than that of most MPs. However, when I asked for assistance from the Home Office, they declined to help me.
Private security was paid for by sponsors — otherwise I would have been assaulted every day.
A trained, full-time guard is required for all public duties.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) October 15, 2021
The world is becoming more volatile than ever.
Sadiq Khan, London’s Mayor banned knives from the city in 2018 due to an increase in violence using some form of cutting tools. Here’s the thing about knives versus guns: they do damage much more quickly, and as long as the stabber wants to stab, the instrument will keep working. No matter how many bullets you put in your magazine, guns will run out eventually and require you to reload. Also, malfunction can happen. This has allowed law enforcement to respond quickly and take down violent gunmen.
The United Kingdom has prohibited guns and knives but it did not prevent a young Somalian from using a knife to attack Sir David Amess.
Britain may want to reconsider its restrictive laws, and rethink security for elected officials. An individual bent on doing evil will make use of all the tools available to them, even laws.