Tory MP reveals she wears stab vest and hires security when meeting constituents after death of Sir David Amess

Sir David Amess died in October 2021 after being stabbed during a constituency surgery in Essex

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A Conservative MP has revealed to GB News that she wears a stab vest and hires security when meeting with constituents after 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, last October 15.

Speaking exclusively to GB News’ Gloria De Piero, Virginia Crosbie 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.”

Finchley Tory MP Mike Freer has said he and his staff had decided to wear stab vests and carry panic alarms for constituency surgeries.

Crosbie, the MP for Ynys Mon in Wales, also stressed the growing problem of social media and called for more policing on the platforms.

Sir David Amess died in October 2021 after being stabbed during a constituency surgery in Essex
Sir David Amess died in October 2021 after being stabbed during a constituency surgery in Essex

She said: “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.”

She called for more “accountability” on social media.

“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.”

In April, homegrown terrorist Ali Harbi Ali was handed a whole life order after being convicted of murdering MP Sir David Amess and preparing terrorist acts by jurors who spent just 18 minutes in retirement.