David Amess: Tributes pouring in after Conservative MP dies in stabbing attack

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Source: Conservative Party

MP David Amess has died after being stabbed at a constituency surgery this afternoon in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

Tributes are pouring in for the loss of Sir David who has been described as “one of life’s truly nice people, a gentleman, who was always ready to give his help to anyone who needed it.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson released a statement saying:

“All our hearts are full of shock and sadness today at the loss of Sir David Amess MP, who was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and to the whole of the United Kingdom.The reason people are so shocked and saddened is because above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics and he also had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable – whether people were suffering from endometriosis, passing laws to end cruelty to animals or doing a huge amount to reduce the fuel poverty suffered by people up and down the country. David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future, and we’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much loved friend and colleague. Our thoughts are very much today with his wife, his children and his friends.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab has released a statement saying:

“Heartbroken that we have lost Sir David Amess MP. A great common sense politician and a formidable campaigner with a big heart, and tremendous generosity of spirit – including towards those he disagreed with. RIP my friend.”

The chancellor Rishi Sunak has said:

“The worst aspect of violence is its inhumanity. It steals joy from the world and can take from us that which we love the most. Today, it took a father, a husband, and a respected colleague. All my thoughts and prayers are with Sir David’s loved ones.”

Foreign secretary Liz Truss said:

“Devastated to hear the terrible news about Sir David Amess MP. He was a lovely, lovely man and a superb parliamentarian. My thoughts are with all his family and friends.”

The Conservative party’s former director of communications and the prime minister’s wife, Carrie Johnson, is among those to pay tribute saying:

“Absolutely devastating news about Sir David Amess. He was hugely kind and good. An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.”

Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities said:

“David Amess’s passing is heart-breakingly sad. Just terrible, terrible news. He was a good and gentle man, he showed charity and compassion to all, hIs every word and act were marked by kindness. My heart goes out to his family.”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid wrote:

“Devastated to learn of Sir David Amess’ murder. A great man, a great friend, and a great MP killed while fulfilling his democratic role. My heart goes out to Julia, his family, and all who loved him. Let us remember him and what he did with his life.”

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland & Member of Parliament for Great Yarmouth, Brandon Lewis wrote:

“I knew David both from my days as a councillor in Essex and as a fellow MP. One of life’s truly nice people, a gentleman, who was always ready to give his help to anyone who needed it. So shocked and saddened by this awful news. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

Member of Parliament for Stratford-on-Avon, Secretary of State for Education Nadhim Zahawi tweeted:

“Rest In Peace Sir David. You were a champion for animal welfare, the less fortunate, and the people of Southend West. You will be missed by many.”

Welwyn Hatfield MP and Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps said:

“Awful, tragic news about David. A dedicated, thoughtful man and a true Parliamentarian, who lost his life while serving the constituents who he worked relentlessly for throughout his career. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey has said:

“This is tragic and horrible news. My thoughts are with David’s wife and children, the wider family, friends and David’s community. A truly terrible day for British politics but most importantly of all our prayers are with all the people who loved David.”

The Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said:

“Elected representatives from across the political spectrum will be united in sadness and shock today. In a democracy, politicians must be accessible and open to scrutiny, but no-one deserves to have their life taken while working for and representing their constituents.”

Judith Canham, the deputy chair of the local Conservative club, said Amess was a “true constituency MP” and a “friend to everyone”. She told Sky News:

“I just can’t believe it; how anybody could harm a kind man like David I don’t know. Words can’t say, he’s such a lovely man who is liked across the parties … he gets on with everybody.

“I cannot understand how anybody could be so wicked and cruel to hurt this kind man.

“He is a true constituency MP. If there has been anything going on in the town, functions … anything really that he’s been invited to, he’s always turned up to give his support.

“He’s a friend to everyone, he has his strong opinions … [but] he’s got a photographic memory and seems to remember everyone and took an interest in everybody.

“I’m terribly in shock. I burst into tears as soon as I heard because we do love him dearly.

“Nobody’s perfect in life but he’s as near perfect as a constituency member of parliament.”

The statement from Essex police said:

A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.

We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

We attended and found a man injured. He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.

A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered. He is currently in custody.

We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.

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