Prime Minister lays flowers at church where MP was murdered

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Boris Johnson, Sir Keir Starmer and Priti Patel pay respects to Sir David Amess. Picture by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson was joined by Home Secretary Priti Patel, Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle and Leader of the Opposition Sir Keir Starmer this morning to pay respects to MP Sir David Amess.

The popular Conservative MP, Sir David Amess was meeting with constituents when he was stabbed up to 17 times at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea yesterday by a 25-year-old British national of Somali origin who is now in police custody.

The Prime Minister and Labour leader wore black suits and carried white flowers as they walked to the church during the unannounced visit at 9am.

The Prime Minister left a handwritten note at the church which reads:

“To the memory of Sir David Amess MP, a fine parliamentarian and a much-loved colleague and friend.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said politicians are “struggling to come to terms” with the loss saying Sir David “was a man of the people, he was absolutely there for everyone, he was a much loved parliamentarian, to me he was a dear and loyal friend, but also he was a devoted husband and father.”

The Prime Minister said:

“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 the whole of the United Kingdom.

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague.”

The murder suspect is currently being interviewed by counter terror officers.

It’s understood the attacker lived in Sir David’s Southend West constituency after his family came to the UK from Solamlia. Initial reports are emerging the attack could have been inspired by Islamic extremism.

Police say they aren’t looking for anyone else in connection with their investigation. Two homes in London were searched overnight.

Pictures by Andrew Parsons / No 10 Downing Street.

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