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DAVID AMESS, A BRITISH MEP, DIES AFTER STABBING

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DAVID AMESS, A BRITISH MEP, DIES AFTER STABBING

By Oladeji Showunmi

Sir David Amess, a British Conservative MP from Essex, died after being stabbed in his constituency surgery.

Following the assault on a church in Leigh-on-Sea, police said a 25-year-old man was detained on suspicion of murder.

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They said that they had found a knife and were not searching for anybody else involved in the crime.

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, expressed “shock and sorrow” at the death of “one of the nicest” individuals in politics.

Sir David, 69, has been a member of Parliament since 1983 and was married with five children.

Sir David, according to Mr Johnson, has a “excellent record of passing legislation to assist the most disadvantaged.”

“David was a guy who firmly believed in our nation and its future.”
“We’ve lost a great public servant today, as well as a much-loved friend and colleague,” he added.

Sajid Javid, the Health Secretary, described him as “a wonderful guy, a great friend, and a great MP, murdered while performing his democratic duty.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said the death “represents a senseless assault on democracy itself,” adding that “questions about the safety of our country’s elected representatives are properly being raised.”

Sir David, who represented Southend West, was conducting a constituency surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North, where electors could see their MP and address their problems.

Essex Police said they received reports of a stabbing just after 12:05 p.m. BST and discovered an injured male.

He was attended to by emergency personnel but died at the spot.

The police have asked anybody who saw the assault or has footage from CCTV, dash cams, or video doorbells to contact them.

Sir David is the second MP to be assassinated in the last five years, after the 2016 assassination of Labour MP Jo Cox.

She was gunned down outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she was scheduled to conduct a constituency surgery.

Sir David was a Conservative backbencher for almost four decades, first entering Parliament in 1983 as the MP for Basildon.

He was elected to the seat in 1992, but moved to neighboring Southend West in 1997.

He was raised as a Roman Catholic and was politically recognized as a social conservative as well as a strong opponent of abortion and animal welfare concerns.

He was also well-known for his support of Southend, including a long-running push to grant the town city status.

According to Southend councillor John Lamb, Sir David traveled his surgeries throughout the area “to meet the people,” and the assault was “simply terrible.”

“We’ve lost a really excellent, hardworking constituency MP who did everything for everyone,” he added.

“Sir David was a wonderful, great guy, a good Catholic and a friend to everyone,” Father Jeff Woolnough, parish priest at neighboring St Peter’s Catholic Church, told the BBC.

The amazing thing is that he died doing it.
He died while helping the people.”

Another priest, Father Kevin Hale, expressed “deep skepticism” about the assault.

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