David Davis reflects on meetings after Sir David Amess stabbing
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Conservative MP David Davis has insisted that it would be a “terrible reflection” on murdered MP Sir David Amess if MPs were to suspend surgeries. He explained that Sir David was the “ultimate constituent MP”. Speaking to Sky News, Mr Davis said: “The simple truth is one of the unusual aspects of British democracy is the close relationship between individual MPs and their constituents.
“Walking down the street, going to the shop, living in your constituency, talking to your neighbours, having surgeries, having meetings.
“All these things are critical to the operation of British democracy and I think it would not be the right thing.
“We should be cautious and try to ensure the people who come and see us are bonafide.
“I think actually pausing it would be a bad idea. It would be a terrible reflection of what David stood for.
“David himself was the ultimate constituent MP and you can see that from the response of people in his constituency.
“They knew all their problems were his problems.”
While the Home Secretary has said politicians will not be “cowed” following the fatal stabbing, which police believe may be linked to Islamist extremism.
Priti Patel visited the scene at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea on Saturday morning alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle to pay their respects to Sir David, less than 24 hours after he was killed at a constituency surgery.
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