Simon Hoare MP Asks Prime Minister for Update of the Unfolding Situation in Gillingham

Simon Hoare: ‘Mr Speaker, we should all be thanking God today that it’s my Right Honourable Friend in her place and not the so called alternative.

I’m not expecting my Rt Hon Friend to comment on the detail, but this morning residents in my constituency, Hyde Road in Gillingham, saw the Metropolitan Police and the Army in place, the street in lockdown, removing vehicles and items linked to the Salisbury incident. I’m not expecting my Rt Hon Friend to give a running commentary of current operations, but could she confirm two things? First, that she and the Government and the Security Services are doing all that they can to keep my constituents safe and can she arrange for somebody to provide a briefing to me as the Member of Parliament as to precisely what’s happening.’

Prime Minister: ‘Can I say to my Hon Friend I am very happy to do that. As he will be aware the police investigation does continue and we cannot say where that investigation is going to take the police in terms of their further inquiries, but I will ensure that he is provided with a briefing as the Member of Parliament.’