MPs could be offered more private security after the death of Sir David Amess as it is revealed South Derbyshire's Heather Wheeler has requested a police presence during her surgeries following threats.

Tory MP Heather Wheeler says that following threats she has previously received, she has requested a police presence at her surgeries while she discusses issues with her constituents.

She said: “Meeting our constituents to help them with their problems is something all MPs do and we certainly don’t expect to be attacked. But this is the second MP to die in a few short years and it certainly will make all MPs, including myself, review our arrangements for surgeries. Having had threats I personally ask for a police presence at my surgeries and when appropriate to do so I will carry on with that approach”.

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It comes after Sir David Amess was stabbed multiple times while at a constituency surgery at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, in Essex, on Friday.

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and terrorist cops are leading the investigation.

MPs have already had to beef up security, including installing new panic buttons and CCTV, after the 2016 murder of MP Jo Cox.

And now they are set to be offered more private security guards for their constituency events.

Justice Secretary and ex-Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab today suggested private security is the most “likely” option, rather than police.

It comes despite the nightclub industry warning it is suffering a shortage of bouncers, with one in five venues having to cut hours due to a lack of security staff.

It is thought MPs can already request private security for their surgeries, but one MP told the Mirror it is currently only available if there is a specific threat, on the recommendation of police.

Home Secretary Priti Patel is looking at how to expand protection after MPs complained about inconsistency across the country.

Asked if there would be plainclothes police at MPs’ surgeries, Mr Raab told Sky News: “It depends on the individual.

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

He added: “I probably wouldn’t choose to have them outside a surgery that I have. I think I would worry about the chilling effect, I’m not sure it’s necessary to have that.”

Mr Raab said he would not stand in the way of any MP, including female MPs, who wanted a police presence at surgeries.

But the Justice Secretary warned: “We don’t want a wedge to be placed between us and constituents.”

He added: “The problem you’ve got is a lot of people coming to see their MP, it’s quite a thing to do, it takes quite a bit of courage.

“They feel sensitive about it, they feel vulnerable. You do not want to add to that sense of foreboding as they’re waiting for a constituency surgery.”

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