Southend-on-Sea becomes city in honour of Sir David Amess

Boris Johnson announced on Monday that the Queen had granted city status to Southend-on-Sea in Essex.  

The decision was made in honour of the late Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, who was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery in a church in Leigh-on-Sea last Friday. A 24-year-old man, Ali Harb Ali, has been charged with the murder.

Sir David was renowned for his dedication to his constituency and repeatedly pushed for the borough to be given City status throughout his 24-year career  representing Southend West in parliament.   

Councillor Margaret Borton, Mayor of Southend-on-Sea, said: “This announcement will highlight the legacy that Sir David leaves us.” 

MPs and other public figures have paid glowing tribute to Sir David over the last week and an emotional funeral service was held on Monday.  

MP for Kingston and Surbiton, Sir Ed Davey, said: “He always spoke with compassion, authority, and often humour.”  

Other MPs have highlighted his dedicated and distinguished work for animal welfare as well as his incredible dedication to his constituents.  

The incident comes five years after the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox. Both attacks have raised questions over the level of security required for representatives.   

 

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