Bournemouth MP Tobias Ellwood has called for a temporary pause in face-to-face meeting following the death of Sir David Amess.

The former MP for Southend West was stabbed multiple times whilst during a surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex yesterday afternoon.

The 69-year-old veteran backbencher was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.


A 25-year-old British man was arrested on suspicion of murder after officers arrived at the scene, and Essex Police confirmed that a knife was recovered.

Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered an immediate review of MPs' security arrangements

Whilst the MP for Bournemouth East recognised that meeting constituents in person was a “vital part” of MP’s responsibilities, he also said that there is huge anxiety among politicians following the incident.

On twitter, Tobias Ellwood MP said: “MP engagement with the public: This is a vital part of our work - our accessibility with the public.

“But understandable huge anxiety amongst MPs now.

“Until the Home Secretary’s review of MP security is complete, I would recommend a temporary pause in face to face meetings.”