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MP threats are real, warns York MP

Rachael Maskell

As respects were paid to Sir David Amess in Parliament today, York Central MP Rachael Maskell said that she doesn’t feel any less safe in her job following Friday’s tragic events.

Speaking to The Yorkie, Rachael Maskell, Labour and Co-operative Member of Parliament for York Central, said that safety measurements were put in place back in 2016 following the death of MP Jo Cox.

Covid-19 also saw a change in how surgeries are held and attendees now have to book to see the MP, some also are available online meaning there is a safety aspect of being at home.

Asked about threats as part of the job when outside with the public, Maskell said: “There is always a risk being outside anyway.” The MP mentioned being in frequent contact with and meetings with local police to discuss the safety of public workers but, just as importantly, the police themselves.

Since the death of Sir Amess, Maskell said nothing has changed in her day-to-day work life and that even on Friday her meetings went ahead as usual and some things were virtual.

Following this, she mentioned that personally she feels no less safe in her job than before Friday and that she trusts the “lovely York community” but she is constantly aware of the risk.

Conservative Member of Parliament for Thirsk and Malton, Kevin Hollinrake, echoed Maskell’s confidence and believes Amess wouldn’t want big change tweeting: “Business as usual.”

North Yorkshire MPs Julian Sturdy, Nigel Adams and Kevin Hollinrake were among MPs paying tributes to Sir David Amess in the House of Commons today, with a minute’s silence.