Greg Hands Reassures Constituents over Advice Surgery Safety

Greg Hands, the Conservative MP for Chelsea and Fulham, said his surgery went ahead as planned today (Friday), but with a police presence to reassure members of the public.
 
He said: “I will continue to hold surgeries and be available to constituents, as that is an essential part of being a Member of Parliament."
 
He said since elected in 2005 he had held more than 400 surgeries, during which time police have had to be called out three times - twice for someone with mental health issues who simply refused to leave, and once for someone who got very angry and abusive.
 
Mr Hands continued: “On none of these occasions was I directly threatened physically, but I know that many MPs have been.
 
“I find my weekly surgery an important way of being in touch with the community in Chelsea and Fulham, but I await to see what advice parliamentary authorities and the police have for going forward.”

 

Listen to Greg's Radio 4 interview (from 14 minutes in) here: http://bbc.in/1V7BCWo