Man arrested after Conservative MP Sir David Amess stabbed

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Source: Conservative Party

A man has been arrested after reports that Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed at a constituency surgery.

Sir David Amess, who represents Southend West in Essex, was attacked on Friday at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea. 

Essex Police said they were called to reports of a stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea just after midday and recovered a knife from the scene.

They said they were not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident and a man has been taken into custody.

Sir David was first elected to Parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood for election in Southend West in 1997. He has been an active MP in Parliament, sponsoring bills including the Abortion (Amendment) Bill (1996-7), the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act (1988) and the Warm Homes Bill, which passed into law in December 2000 as the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act.

With over 30 years’ experience in Parliament, David often chairs debates in the House of Commons on various different issues. David’s main interests and areas of expertise are animal welfare and pro-life issues. 

Well wishes praying for Sir David’s full recovery are flooding in on Twitter.

Former party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith said he was “praying for a full recovery”.

He said on Twitter:

“My thoughts are with David Amess MP and his family at this awful time.

“Praying for a full recovery following this appalling, shocking news. This angry, violent behaviour cannot be tolerated in politics or any other walk of life…”

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said:

“Thinking of my friend and colleague Sir David Amess and his family.”

GB News reporter Tom Harwood tweeted:

“Just such a chilling story. Feel awful. Can only imagine how Sir David’s family are feeling at this time. Hope it is of some limited comfort that they know the whole decent country is behind him and willing him to pull through.”

The Jo Cox Foundation said:

“The Jo Cox Foundation is horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP. We are thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.”

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