David Amess

British lawmaker Sir David Amess of the Conservative Party died Friday. stabbed several timesHis Southend West constituency.

Amess is the Southend West MP and was at Belfairs Methodist Church Leigh-on-Sea to meet voters.

After 3:00 p.m., Essex police released a statement confirming that the victim had been killed at the spot of the stabbing.

“A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea,” the force said

“We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12:05 p.m. today [Friday 15 October].

“We attended and found a man injured. He died on the spot after being treated by emergency personnel.

“A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.

“He is currently in custody. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”

Amess was the first MP elected to Parliament in 1983 as the MP of Basildon. He then became the MP from Southend West in 1997.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said all our hearts are filled with “shock” and “sadness” as he reacted to the death.

The prime minister said Amess was killed after “almost 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and the whole of the United Kingdom”.

He added: “The reason people are so shocked and sad is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics.

“He also had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.”

Johnson was scheduled to host a meeting with his cabinet in Southwest England today. However, planned media appearances of the prime minister were canceled.

Brendan Cox, the husband of the late Labour Party MP Jo Cox who was stabbed and shot to death in her Batley constituency in 2016, said: “It brings all back.”

“My thoughts and love are with David’s family,” he tweeted. “They are all that matter now. This brings everything back. It was the pain and the loss. But it also brought back the love that the public showed us after Jo’s death. I hope we can do the same for David now.”

Former Conservative prime minister David Cameron said: “This is the most devastating, horrific and tragic news.

“David Amess was a kind & thoroughly decent man – and he was the most committed MP you could ever hope to meet. It is hard to express in words the terrible events that have occurred today. Right now, my heart goes out to David’s family.”

Amess was married to five children and knighted Queen ElizabethFor his public service 2015

His efforts were primarily focused on the local constituent issues and he never held a position as a shadow or ministerial minister. He was popular with politicians and known for his active contributions to debates – often about issues relating to his Essex constituency or animal rights.

Opposition Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer tweeted: “Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff.”

Carrie Johnson, the prime minister’s wife, tweeted: “Absolutely devastating news about Sir David Amess.

“He was hugely kind and good. A true gentleman and animal lover. He is totally unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.”

The latest attack against MPs within their constituencies is his death.

A far-right sympathizer shot and killed the Labour MP Batley and Spen 41 years old on June 16 2016.

In May 2010, East Ham MP Stephen Timms was stabbed twice in the abdomen by Roshonara Choudhry, an Islamic extremist who claimed she had wanted “to get revenge for the people of Iraq.”

Timms suffered serious injuries and according to police was “extremely fortunate not to have been killed.” He remains an MP.

Nigel Jones was then the MP for Cheltenham. In January 2000, a man with sword attacked him in his office.

Andrew Pennington was a Gloucestershire County Councillor who tried to defend his then-MP.

Posthumously, he was awarded the George Medal of Bravery.

Robert Ashman, the attacker, was suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

Last year, Amess wrote in his book – Ayes & Ears: A Survivor’s Guide to Westminster – about Cox’s murder and how it had “rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians.”

He said he had experienced “nuisance” from members of the public at his home, and would regularly check his locks.

Communities Secretary Michael Gove said Amess was a “good and gentle man.”

“He showed charity and compassion to all, his every word and act were marked by kindness. My heart goes out to his family.”

Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab tweeted: “Heartbroken that we have lost Sir David Amess MP.

“A great common sense politician and a formidable campaigner with a big heart, and tremendous generosity of spirit – including towards those he disagreed with. RIP my friend.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, tweeted: “Shocked to hear of the attack on Sir David Amess. We pray for him and his family.

“Our elected representatives must be able to live and work without fear of violence or intimidation if we are to maintain our democracy.”

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon tweeted: “Elected representatives from across the political spectrum will be united in sadness and shock today.

“In a democracy, politicians must be accessible and open to scrutiny, but no-one deserves to have their life taken while working for and representing their constituents.”

Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford tweeted: “Deeply saddened to hear about the death of Sir David Amess. This is a truly horrible and disturbing act.

“My thoughts are with his friends, family, and constituency staff during this distressing time.”

Liberal Democrat leader Sir Ed Davey tweeted: “This is tragic and horrible news. My thoughts are with David’s wife and children, the wider family, friends and David’s community.

“A truly terrible day for British politics but most importantly of all our prayers are with all the people who loved David.”

Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: “I am so deeply, deeply saddened by the tragic news that Sir David has passed away.

“He loved being an MP and was a great public servant. It’s just horrible. My thoughts and prayers, and those of all Londoners, are with David’s loved ones at this time of unimaginable grief.”

This story was updated continuously.

Source: HuffPost.com.

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