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MURDER: MPs pay tribute to Sir David Amess following stabbing

Friday 15th October 2021

TORY MP Sir David Amess (69) has died after being stabbed during a constituency surgery in Essex.

Police say the attack happened around midday at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Sir David had served as an MP for 38 years, initially in Basildon from 1983, before he took on his role representing Southend West from 1997.

The father-of-five was heavily involved in a long-running campaign to make Southend a city.

MP for Chatham and Aylesford Tracey Crouch wrote: "Heartbroken. I could write reams on how Sir David was one of the kindest, most compassionate, well liked colleagues in Parliament. But I can't. I feel sick. I am lost. Rest in Peace. A little light went out in Parliament today. We will miss you."

MP Helen Whately tweeted earlier this afternoon: "Awful. Horrific and shocking news."

Sir David is the third MP to be murdered in the UK after Jo Cox was shot and killed in 2016.