Tory MP admits he worries his colleagues will be MURDERED - 'Must be taken more seriously!'

A Tory MP has admitted he is worried that him and his colleagues could be murdered like Sir David Amess was.
A Tory MP has admitted he is worried that him and his colleagues could be murdered like Sir David Amess was.

Sir David Amess was stabbed during a constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex

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A Tory MP has admitted he worries he and his colleagues could be murdered following the death of Sir David Amess.

Sir David, who was an MP for nearly 40 years, was stabbed during a constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, October 15 2021.

James Sunderland, the last MP who Sir David spoke to before his death, joined Isabel Webster and Martin Daubney on Breakfast to discuss the safety of MPs and the threats facing them on a daily basis.

It came just days after an admission from Tory MP Virginia Crosbie who told GB News’ Gloria De Piero that she wore a stab vest and hired security when meeting with consituents.

She said: “I have been in difficult situations. I have surgeries, I do face-to-face surgeries where I wear a stab jacket, obviously following the murder of David Amess.

“And also, I have security protection as well. I think it’s important I have direct contact with my constituents. And, unfortunately, this is one of the things I have to do to ensure that I can actually do the job that I was elected to do.”

Reacting shared his horror at the revelation, Sunderland told GB News: “I know Virginia very well and Mike Freer too. Both of them have admitted recently to wearing stab vests in surgeries and it has come as a shock to me.

“But actually, they feel as though that's necessary, and they should have the right to bring whatever protection they need in the course of their duties. So I fully support them. But, clearly, the stakes appear to be increasing.”

James Sunderland joined Isabel and Martin on GB News
James Sunderland joined Isabel and Martin on GB News

Commenting on the murder of David Amess he added: “It was deeply personal for me, and everyone, all of my colleagues.

“David and I were in the Middle East together before he died. We flew back on the Wednesday night. I walked David to his car. In fact, he texted me about an hour before he was murdered. So it was a terrible thing to have to deal with. But David wasn't the first MP to be murdered in the course of his duties, and sadly, I fear that he may not be the last. We've got to take this much more seriously.”

Reflecting on whether enough was being done to protect MPs, Crosbie said: “No. Absolutely not. If anything, it's even worse. And it's not just myself, it's a lot of other particularly female MPs. Even before we've had breakfast many of us have received one or two threats.

“I think there's an awful lot more that we can do in terms of social media and abuse. I think there needs to be more accountability. The reality is people can turn to social media with impunity. I believe Twitter accounts should be verified, and on Facebook there needs to be fines, and there needs to be fines on some of these social media companies for allowing this content. There needs to be much more control of the ability for the end user to control what they can actually see.”