Good to see you this side of the water al66pine.Sad, sad, sad news re Sir David Amess.
I learn something new on W/S everyday, often from our Sleuthers across the pond. This time a political term, "Constituency surgery."
"A political surgery, constituency surgery, constituency clinic, mobile office or sometimes advice surgery, in British and Irish politics, is a series of one-to-one meetings that a Member of Parliament (MP),... political officeholder may have with their constituents. At a surgery, constituents may raise issues of concern in the same manner that a person may directly consult a general practitioner (GP) in their surgery (a "surgery" being the term for the GP's workplace, an "office" in American parlance). The issues may relate to local issues (street crime, litter, a request for intervention by the representative on behalf of the constituent with local or national government) or to national policy matters. Often the constituent's issue will be followed up by a caseworker or assistant. Surgery meetings are usually confidential and differ from town hall meetings, which are open to many people at the same time.
"It is up to each MP to decide whether they have any surgeries at all and if so, how many and in what locations. MPs often use local party offices, church halls or rooms in public houses as the venues, with a number of surgeries possibly being held at different locations around a constituency. Surgeries are traditionally held on Fridays or at weekends when MPs have returned from sittings of parliament in Westminster. Some MPs' surgeries are "appointment only", some "drop-in", and others a mix..." bbm sbm
^ Surgery (politics) - Wikipedia
Police have arrested a 25-year-old Somalian man on suspicion of murdering the Conservative MP Sir David Amess.
Sir David Amess dies: Somalian man, 25, arrested on suspicion of stabbing MP to death - latest news
In which case it seems somewhat premature that Essex police initially stated they were not seeking anyone else. There could be an Islamic terrorist connection.
I can see a massive ramping of MP's security, particularly at constituency surgeries following this horrific event.
Also, they cant assume its terrorism on the basis of the killer being Somalian. They'd be accused of discrimination.I took it to mean that they believed it was a lone assailant, who they had in custody.
Surely they would always have to do inquiries to see if the person had told anyone their plans or if they were working with others as part of a plot?
I also think things like this often are done by someone who is bearing a grudge against government as their own life feels like it's falling apart, though 25 seems young for that to be the motive. But there have been other motives behind high-profile single stabbings before, and I would think police are keeping an open mind at this stage as they look into this individual and his life etc.
Also, they cant assume its terrorism on the basis of the killer being Somalian. They'd be accused of discrimination.