Boris Johnson to lead David Amess tributes – follow updates live

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Police seen entering London flat believed to be related to David Amess stabbing

The prime minister will lead tributes to Sir David Amess in the House of Commons on Monday after his family urged the public to “set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all” following his murder.

Politicians will be invited to share their memories of the Tory MP for Southend West, for at least two hours starting at around 3.30pm, after a morning of prayers and a minute’s silence at 2.30pm.

Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox who was murdered in 2016, spoke to the BBC ahead of the special session, commending Sir David’s family for their “amazing” statement which he said was “filled with dignity”.

Asked what needs to be done to prevent more public servants losing their life in this way, Mr Cox said Britain – particularly the media – needs to improve its response to terrorism. “What tends to motivate individuals who commit these kinds of attacks is a desire to divide our societies,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “which is why the statement from [Sir David’s] family is so effective because it denies terrorists what they want … they want that division so let’s give them togetherness.”

He added: “Let’s not put their pictures on the front pages of newspapers – we have to stop playing into their hands and being the inadvertent amplifiers of terrorism.”

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Raab supports removing right to anonymity on social media

More from the deputy PM now. Dominic Raab this morning signalled he could support closing anonymous social media accounts in a bid to tackle online hatred.

He raised concerns that he did not want to “send a message to tyrants all over the world that they can expose” campaigners who need anonymity.

“On balance I think there is a case for really looking very carefully at this,” he told Sky News. “I don’t see why people should be able to abuse the position on social media from a veil of anonymity.”

It comes after home secretary Priti Patel told the broadcaster’s Sunday with Trevor Phillips programme she was considering making the move. “I spend too much time with communities who have been under attack, who’ve had all sorts of postings put online and it’s a struggle to get those postings taken down. We want to make some big changes on that,” she said.

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 08:25
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Shadow home secretary discusses death threat experience

Shadow home secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds said this morning Sir David Amess’s death “hasn’t sunk in” – before revealing he himself has been subject to death threats because of his job.

“I still have a sense of disbelief, really, about what’s happened,” the Labour MP for Torfaen told BBC Breakfast.

He described the Conservative MP for Southend West as “a very kind and very generous man”.

Speaking about his own experience of violent threats, Mr Thomas-Symonds told the morning programme:

“I’ve had incidents since I’ve become a member of Parliament, whether it’s intimidation while out on the streets, death threats, terrible letters, awful emails.

“I am in no sense alone in that. I don’t know a member of Parliament who has not suffered in that way. It’s clear that something now has to change.”

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 08:15
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Ministers ‘ignored official recommendations to combat hateful extremism’

Ministers have failed to act on any of the official recommendations for tackling the rise of extremism in Britain, it has emerged.

Over three years, the Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE) – set up by Theresa May in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack – has repeatedly warned more had to be done to tackle the evolving threats facing the UK, including closing legal loopholes that allowed those who inspired terrorists to go free.

But ministers have not formally responded to any of the reports released by the body since 2019, and none of the suggested measures have been put in place, despite warnings that security threats would worsen until the government stepped up its response, writes our security correspondent Lizzie Dearden.

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Ministers ignored official recommendations to combat hateful extremism

Exclusive: Widower of murdered MP Jo Cox says it ‘seems bizarre not to have acted on’ years of expert advice

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 08:11
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Clip of Raab discussing future of MPs’ security

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 08:06
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MPs ‘likely’ to be offered security guards after Amess killing – Raab

MPs are set to be offered more private security guards for when meeting their constituents at surgery events following the murder of Sir David Amess, the justice secretary has signalled.

Dominic Raab said an increase in private security is the most “likely” option to boost safety, rather than putting more police officers outside MPs’ surgeries, reports Adam Forrest.

Asked if he would welcome plainclothes officers at his surgeries, he told Sky News: “I probably wouldn’t choose to have them outside a surgery that I had. I would worry about the chilling effect, I’m not sure it’s necessary to have that.”

But Raab added: “I think we’re more likely to look at things like private security guards, there’s already I believe money available for that.”

MPs ‘likely’ to be offered private security after David Amess killing, says Raab

Justice secretary worries about potential ‘chilling effect’ of police at surgeries

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 08:05
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House of Commons schedule for Monday

Here are the timings for the special Commons session dedicated to Sir David Amess today:

House of Commons

2.30pm Prayers followed by a minute’s silence

2.35pm Home Office questions

3.30pm Tributes to Sir David Amess

5.30pm House expected to adjourn for the day

Westminster Hall

Not sitting

House of Lords

2.30pm Oral questions

3.30pm Skills and Post-16 Education Bill – report stage (day 2)

Competition Act 1998 (Coronavirus) (Public Policy Exclusions) (Revocations) Order 2021 – motion to regret

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 08:01
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Brendan Cox urges UK public and media to improve terror response

Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox who was murdered in 2016, spoke to the BBC this morning, where he commended Sir David Amess’ family for their “amazing” statement which he said was “filled with dignity”.

Asked what needs to be done to prevent more public servants losing their life in this way, Mr Cox said Britain – particularly the media – needs to improve its response to terrorism. “What tends to motivate individuals who commit these kinds of attacks is a desire to divide our societies,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “which is why the statement from [Sir David’s] family is so effective because it denies terrorists what they want … they want that division so let’s give them togetherness.”

He added: “Let’s not put their pictures on the front pages of newspapers – we have to stop playing into their hands and being the inadvertent amplifiers of terrorism.”

<p>Cox said Amess’ family will ‘no doubt’ have been comforted by the British public’s ‘amazing’ response </p>

Cox said Amess’ family will ‘no doubt’ have been comforted by the British public’s ‘amazing’ response

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 07:58
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PM to lead David Amess tributes in Commons

Boris Johnson is set to lead tributes to Sir David Amess in the House of Commons on Monday.

For at least two hours, politicians will be able to share their memories of the Conservative MP for Southend West after a morning of prayers and a minute’s silence at 2.30pm.

Speaker of the Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle will make a statement before the PM moves a motion for an adjournment, which will enable parliamentarians to open the tributes session, lasting until 5.30pm.

On Sunday evening, Sir David’s family described how their “hearts are shattered” after he was attacked while meeting constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday.

In a statement published through the Metropolitan Police, his wife, four daughters and son said:

“Strong and courageous is an appropriate way to describe David. He was a patriot and a man of peace.

“So, we ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness.

“Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.

“As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. Nobody should die in that way. Nobody.”

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 07:55

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