Britain is in shock at news of the killing of a MP in Essex as he held constituency clinics in a local church in Leigh-on-Sea.
Sir David Amess, who was a Conservative MP , was repeatedly stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea today and later died of his injuries. A 25-year old Somalian migrant has been arrested. The Tory MP for Southend West was holding his clinic at the Belfairs Methodist Church when a man stabbed him “several times”. The Telegraph reported that a witness said “We could see a police cordon set up… (someone outside) told me a woman had come out screaming on the phone, saying ‘someone’s been stabbed, please get here soon, he’s not breathing’.”
Paramedics arrived on the scene within minutes and worked for two hours to save the 69-year-old father-of-five, but he died of his injuries.
The Independent reported that it understood that “the suspect is of Somali origin, and the murder is being treated at this point as a probable Islamist terror attack.”
Flags have been lowered to half-mast outside Parliament following his death. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said he was “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics”, while former prime minister Theresa May described his death as “heartbreaking”.
His constituency website sais that Sir David’s his main interests and areas of expertise were animal welfare and pro-life issues.
Right to Life UK said: “Sir David’s death is a senseless tragedy and he will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Julia and their five children”.
“Sir David was a pro-life champion. Since he was elected in 1983, he always, where possible, used his position as an MP to stand up for the vulnerable, including championing initiatives to introduce more protections for unborn babies and more support for women facing crisis pregnancies”.
Rishi Sunak, the British Chancellor, 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.”
A floral tribute laid at the scene read: “A silent thought, a quiet prayer, for a special person in God’s care. May you rest in peace.”
Penny Mordaunt, the trade minister, tweeted a video of Sir David giving a speech at the Royal Albert Hall after working to get 200 children with learning disabilities to play at the esteemed venue.
It showed the “measure of the man”, she added.
For those who didn’t know Sir David Amess, this will give you a measure of the man. I’d played a small part in helping him get 200 children with learning disabilities to play the @RoyalAlbertHall. This is the video I filmed on the night of his thank you speech. pic.twitter.com/aF7SCiPd3k
— Penny Mordaunt (@PennyMordaunt) October 15, 2021