A SOUTHAMPTON MP will not be hosting face-to-face surgeries following the death of Sir David Amess.

Caroline Nokes, who represents the north of the city and Romsey, said she will speak with residents via Zoom or telephone.

This comes after Sir David died from being stabbed whilst hosting a meeting with his constituents in Essex.

Police have until Friday to question a man arrested at the scene. 

He is being held under the Terrorism Act.

Ms Nokes told the Daily Echo: "As an interim measure we will do all surgeries by Zoom or telephone – this is about keeping my staff safe as well."

The incident has sparked national concern that MPs do not have enough protection.

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Donna Jones said she has made contact with all Hampshire MPs, and continues to asses what measures need to be in place.

She said in a statement: "Following the horrific death of Sir David Amess, my heartfelt thoughts and condolences go out to his family and friends.

"This appalling attack is not only a human tragedy but a direct attack on our democracy. The whole country has been shocked by this awful event and it has left many of those elected to represent the public feeling concerned for their safety and the safety of their staff.

"Hampshire Constabulary has made contact with all MPs and are assessing what more needs to be done to reassure MPs to enable them to continue their important work in their constituencies.

"By standing together in condemning the attacks on any democratically elected individual we reaffirm that regardless of political affiliation, intimidation, aggression or violence, will never be accepted."

Sir David had been a Conservative MP since 1983.

He represented the Southend West constituency and was stabbed multiple times as he held a regular Friday meeting.