The shocking murder of Conservative MP David Amess on Friday has exposed just how vulnerable politicians are when they are out serving the public. In fact, threats of violence against politicians are very far from rare. As part of his ongoing research on the psychological pressures of political life, James Weinberg has come across far too many examples of people thinking it is legitimate to intimidate public servants. He’s been trying to understand why – and how we can fix the problem. Meanwhile, Alasdair Booth has been taking a closer look at constituency security.

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David Amess killing: threats of violence and harassment have become commonplace for politicians

James Weinberg, University of Sheffield

Politics has become a low-trust, high-blame environment that has left public servants under near constant threat of attack.


Sir David Amess, Jo Cox and the knotty problem of local constituency security

Alasdair Booth, Loughborough University

Westminster is now enmeshed in tight and very visible security apparatus. But protecting MPs at local meetings is a different problem.

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COVID and flu: how big could the dual threat be this winter?

Paul Hunter, University of East Anglia

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Low pay, long hours, high pressure: what it’s really like to be an HGV driver

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