Welsh MPs vow to carry on serving constituencies after David Amess killing

Charanpreet Khaira spoke to MPs after the death of David Amess MP

Welsh MPs shared their concerns for their safety but vowed to carry on serving their constituents after their parliamentary colleague was stabbed to death.

The death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess is being treated as a terrorist incident. He died after being stabbed several times while holding a constituency surgery in Leigh.

On Saturday, Welsh MPs held their usual advice surgeries, albeit with extra security.

Conservative MP Sir David Amess with his pugs, Lily and Boat

"You do think, am I next?" Labour MP Chris Elmore told ITV News. "There is a worry for our loved ones, our families.

"Jo Cox was taken from us five years ago, David yesterday... both of them doing advice surgeries so it plays on your mind."

The Ogmore constituency MP shared a heartfelt tribute to Sir David Amess.

Speaking on Saturday, he said: "In my constituency, I still want to hear their views, I'm still engaging with them and I still want to represent them, still want to work with them.

"But if it means that there's a police presence in order to ensure that I'm safe, that they're safe and my team are safe then I hope that they'll take that as a positive."

Sir David Amess was described by another Welsh MP as someone who was "open and accessible to anyone in his patch" and that he "genuinely cared".

Sir David Amess was stabbed at a constituency surgery on Friday lunchtime Credit: Yui Mok/PA

Craig Williams, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, also held his surgery and Dyfed Powys Police were present.

He said: "They reassured me and they reassured everyone there that it was a safe environment and that we could go about in the usual fashion.

"I do want to be as accessible as possible but it is going to mean we're going to have to think about security in a different way.

"I would hate to think scanners would be necessary and that you put a barrier between your job as a member of parliament and engaging with your constituents.

"I just think we're going to be that little bit more careful about how you go about things. The security measures were already in place are quite substantial and the advice is quite far-ranging."

Sir David was holding a surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church, in Eastwood Road North on Friday afternoon when a knifeman launched an attack.

A 25 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered from the scene.