Cheltenham sword attack  

2.2.2000

"Appalling tragedy must not stop our work"

Edward Davey MP promises business as usual in the wake of Cheltenham sword attack.

Local MP Edward Davey has sent his condolences to the family of Andrew Pennington, the caseworker for fellow Lib Dem MP Nigel Jones, murdered last week during the MP's advice session.

Mr Davey is undertaking a review of security precautions in the wake of the attack but has vowed not to let the incident make him less accessible to local residents.

Edward Davey said,
"This tragedy has hit us all very hard and many local Liberal Democrats who knew him will miss him terribly. My heart goes out to his family at this exceptionally difficult time."

He added:
"MPs cannot surround themselves with security if they are to be accessible and represent local residents. It will be business as usual for me. Nonetheless, I will be discussing with colleagues the best way to protect my staff."

"Members of Parliament are no different from many public and private sector staff whether its nurses, teachers, social workers or post office sub masters."

"The challenge for us all is to reduce violence and crime throughout society. MPs are not a special case."

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