Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer have laid flowers on the scene of the killing of David Amess, the Conservative backbench MP.
The social gathering leaders had been joined by Priti Patel and Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, at Belfairs Methodist church on Saturday morning to put wreaths in tribute to Amess, who was stabbed to demise on Friday whereas assembly constituents.
Starmer stood facet by facet with the prime minister exterior the church, PA Media reported.
The politicians went up individually to the entrance of the church to pay their respects earlier than returning to their automobiles with out stopping to speak to reporters.
They joined a gradual stream of individuals arriving on the church with flowers. Samantha Macdonald, 44, who lives within the space, wept as she recalled assembly Amess when he got here to her college when she was 12.
“He was all the time so concerned with the group, so accessible as effectively – prided himself on being accessible,” she stated. “He knew each headteacher’s title of each college in his constituency. My 13-year-old daughter completely cherished him.”
Patel, the house secretary, later visited Southend-on-Sea police station, the place she spoke to officers investigating Amess’s demise. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of homicide.
Talking exterior the police station, Patel paid tribute to Amess, who she described as a “man of the folks”, and insisted that MPs wouldn’t be deterred from assembly the general public.
“We are going to keep on,” Patel stated. “We dwell in an open society and democracy; we can’t be cowed by any particular person or any motivation, folks with motives, to cease us from functioning to serve our elected democracy.”
Amess “was killed doing a job that he loves, serving his personal constituents as an elected democratic member”, Patel stated. “After all, acts of this [kind] are completely unsuitable and we can’t let that get in the best way of our functioning democracy.
“So that’s the reason there are measures beneath means proper now – I convened conferences yesterday, I’ve been with the Speaker of the home, and with the police and our safety providers to make it possible for all measures are being put in place for the safety of MPs in order that they’ll keep on with their duties as elected democratic members.”
A Nationwide Police Chiefs’ Council spokesperson earlier stated each MP could be contacted to debate their safety preparations.