Local MPs pay tribute to Sir David Amess

Local MPs have paid tribute to Conservative MP Sir David Amess who died on Friday after being stabbed multiple times.

The MP for Southend West was killed at his constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

A 25-year-old British man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a knife was recovered at the scene, Essex Police has said.

The attack has been deemed a terrorist incident.

Sir Edward Davey, MP for Kingston and Surbiton, took to Twitter to express his condolences. He said: “This is tragic and horrible news. My thoughts are with David’s wife and children, the wider family, friends and David’s community.”

Sarah Olney, MP for Richmond Park said: “A kind and committed man who lost his life while serving his community.”

Chris Philp, MP For Croydon South, said: “He was the kindest of colleagues, always thinking of the needs of others & the welfare of his constituents.”

Dominic Raab, MP for Esher and Walton, said: “A great common-sense politician and a formidable campaigner with a big heart, and tremendous generosity of spirit- including to those he disagreed with. RIP my friend.” 

Munira Wilson, MP for Twickenham, said: “Deeply shocked and saddened by the news of David Amess MP. My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this time.”

Amess was an MP for 38 years, first for the constituency of Basildon and, from 1997, for Southend West. He was knighted in 2015 for political and public service.

His most notable achievements were contributing to the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act (1998), and the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act (2000).

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