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UK considers how to boost security after a lawmaker was stabbed to death

By Saima Siddiqui 
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London: Following the killing of David Amess, from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, Britain is now considering a number of options to boost the security of lawmakers, UK interior minister Priti Patel said on Sunday. Amess, 69, was knifed repeatedly in the attack on Friday in Leigh-on-Sea, east of London, during a meeting in a church.

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The killing of David Amess took place five years after the murder of Jo Cox, a lawmaker from the opposition Labour Party, and has prompted a review of politicians’ security.

Police arrested a 25-year-old British man at the scene on suspicion of murder and have said it is believed he acted alone. “The speaker has already put in a range of measures post Friday as we have with policing,” Patel told Sky News.

“Within that there are other options that are being considered such as when you hold your surgeries (meetings between British lawmakers and their constituents), could you have officers or some kind of protection…?” she said.

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