Priti Patel gives statement on the death of Sir David Amess and faces questions on MPs security.

Home Secretary Priti Patel gives a statement following the fatal stabbing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess while meeting constituents.

Patel said she did not want to see an end to face-to-face meetings with MPs, believing there should be a balance between the safety of MPs and the democratic process following the fatal stabbing.

Today Boris Johnson paid a sombre visit to the church where Sir David Amess was murdered to lay flowers.

The Prime Minister was joined by Priti Patel and Sir Keir Starmer in a rare show of cross-party unity during the visit, which comes less than 24 hours after the MP was killed.

Sir David was meeting with constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when he was stabbed up to 17 times, according to reports.

A 25-year-old British national of Somali origin was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Mr Johnson and Sir Keir both wore black suits and carried white blooms as they walked side-by-side to the church during the unannounced visit at 9am.

Mrs Patel, who brought yellow and purple flowers, was dressed in a black coat.

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