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UK Conservative MP David Amess dies after stabbing attack

LONDON: David Amess, British MP died today after being stabbed multiple times during an open meeting with constituents.

Amess, the long-serving Conservative MP for Southend West, was attacked at a drop-in session at a church in Leigh-on-Sea, southern England.

Essex Police said in a statement that a man who was wounded at the meeting was treated by emergency services but died at the scene.

According to the police, a 25-year-old guy was arrested and is being held on suspicion of murder.

Moreover, a knife was also discovered nearby.

Members of the Cabinet, as well as politicians from across the political spectrum, paid tribute.

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Taking to Twitter Communities Secretary Michael Gove wrote,” David Amess’s passing is heartbreakingly sad. Just terrible, terrible news. He was a good and gentle man, he showed charity and compassion to all, hIs every word and act was marked by kindness. My heart goes out to his family.”

“I am shocked and deeply distressed by the killing of Sir David Amess. Our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family, friends, and colleagues,” Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle tweeted.

 

 

Amess was first elected as the Member of Parliament for Basildon in 1983. 
In 1992, his re-election to the constituency was watershed moment in John Major’s government, indicating the Conservatives’ unexpected victory in the general election.
Since his election as MP for Southend in 1997, he has built up reputation in Westminster as zealous defender of his constituency and the driving force behind long-running drive to award the town city status.
He was also active in national causes such as the campaign for improved endometriosis treatment and animal welfare.
In 2015, he was knighted for his political and civic service.
After Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered in 2016, and Labour’s Stephen Timms was attacked in 2010, this was the third time British MP has been stabbed in their constituency in recent years.

 

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