Commissioner reassures local MPs steps are being taken to ensure safety
Published: 21 October 2021
Following on from the murder of Sir David Amess MP, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, John Dwyer, and Cheshire Constabulary wants to reassure local MPs that steps are being taken to ensure they can continue to carry out their duties safely.
Sir David Amess MP, one of Parliament’s longest-serving MPs, was tragically killed at a surgery meeting in his Southend West constituency on Friday 15 October. Following his death, there has been a national debate about what more the police and Parliamentary services can do to keep MPs safe.
John Dwyer, Police and Crime Commissioner for Cheshire, said:
“First and foremost my thoughts and prayers are with Sir David Amess’ family and friends, and his staff who will have been affected by this reprehensible attack.
“As a fellow elected representative, I understand that MPs being accessible to their constituents is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. I want to reassure all of our local MPs here in Cheshire that I have spoken to the Chief Constable and am satisfied that the Constabulary will do everything possible to protect them when carrying out their duties."
Mark Roberts, Chief Constable said:
“Since the tragic death of Sir David Amess we have spoken to all of our MPs in Cheshire to provide reassurance, and also to understand their plans over the next few weeks so we can provide visible support if required.
“We encourage MPs to immediately report any security concerns to us in order to keep themselves, their staff and members of the public attending their surgeries and meetings safe.”