Galloway: The assassination of David Amess has crushed me; I’ve always suspected it could happen to me. Politicians are not protected in any way.

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was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator. Follow him on Twitter @georgegalloway

was a member of the British Parliament for nearly 30 years. He presents TV and radio shows (including on RT). He is a film-maker, writer and a renowned orator. Follow him on Twitter @georgegalloway

Alas poor David Amess, I knew him well. As a parliamentary colleague for almost 30 years, as a Christian activist on issues such as abortion and euthanasia and, of course, on Brexit where he was literally indefatigable.

Stabbed to death at his constituency surgery on Friday, he leaves a widow and five children who were his pride and joy.

Sir David was 69 and served the best part of 40 years in parliament. The man arrested at the scene as his alleged attacker is a 25-year-old of Somali origin.

The killing comes five years after the murder of Jo Cox MP, a young mother of two children, in Birstall, West Yorkshire, just before she was due to hold a constituency surgery.

Surgeries have become a death trap for British MPs. With no security, they are an open door to potential assailants and even murderers.

They are widely publicised – Sir David tweeted his whereabouts and availability just hours before he was killed.

Several others have been attacked in their constituency surgeries. In 2010, Stephen Timms, a minister in Tony Blair’s government, was stabbed multiple times in Newham, East London, but survived.

And the constituency manager of a close colleague of mine was stabbed to death at Liberal Democrat headquarters in Cheltenham with a Samurai sword whilst defending the MP Nigel Jones.

No lessons were learned from any of these tragedies. No security. No metal detectors. We have remained in the days of the amateur.

I sat every weekend in such surgeries for almost 30 years. In attendance were some disturbed people. Angry people, including people who were angry with me.

I always felt that such a thing as happened to Sir David could happen to me, or something like it.

And something like it did happen in 2014, in broad daylight in the street in London, when I was assaulted and hospitalised in a politically motivated attack. If my attacker had been carrying a knife, I too would have been dead. Indeed, earlier that day on Facebook he wrote that he would like to stab. Brinkwire Summary News. For more information, search on the internet.

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