The speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle, told Sky News that while the killing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess has sent shockwaves across the whole country he was adamant “people who don’t accept our values won’t win.” The British MP was stabbed to death in a church on Friday by an assailant who struck during a meeting with voters in his Essex constituency.
Sir Lindsay told Sky News: “I have got to say the people who don’t accept our values will not win.
“But at the moment who don’t want a knee-jerk reaction now.
“But what I can tell you is of course we will be looking into issues.
“I have been speaking with the Home Secretary already we are getting reassurances out there to MPs.”
He added: “In fairness chief constables up and down this country are speaking to MPs to reassure them.
“It is about reassuring at this stage then afterward we will take out further measures if needed.”
It comes as colleagues from across parliament expressed their shock and paid tribute to Sir David, one of Britain’s longest-serving lawmakers who held regular meetings with voters on the first and third Friday of the month, saying he was diligent in his duties to his local area.
“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague,” said Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
The Conservative Party suspended all campaigning activities until further notice.
Party colleagues said Amess was a dedicated parliamentarian and cast him as a true gentleman.
“Questions are rightly being asked about the safety of our country’s elected representatives and I will provide updates in due course,” Home Secretary (interior minister) Priti Patel said.
“Heartbreaking to hear of the death of Sir David Amess,” former Prime Minister Theresa May said. “A decent man and respected parliamentarian, killed in his own community while carrying out his public duties. A tragic day for our democracy.”