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Britain: Conservative MP dies after stabbing attack, suspect arrested

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Britain: Conservative MP dies after stabbing attack, suspect arrested

A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, after a 69-year-old British lawmaker in Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was stabbed several times while meeting his constituents at a church, witnesses and media said. 

Detectives said specialist counter-terrorism officers were leading the initial investigation. Politicians described the attack as an assault on democracy.

Early Newspaper

“He (Amess) was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene,” police said.

David Amess, who represents Southend West in Essex, eastern England, was stabbed by a man who walked into his constituency meeting at a Methodist Church.

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

Amess’s office confirmed he had been stabbed but gave no further details.

 David Amess MP in office (credit: Wikimedia Commons) David Amess MP in office (credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Amess was first elected to parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood for election in Southend West in 1997.

His website lists his main interests are “animal welfare and pro-life issues.”

This past March, Amess raised the question in the UK House of Commons of how to stop knife-related “senseless murders,” referencing 18-year-old Luke Belfield who was fatally stabbed in Essex, according to CNN.

Uion flags outside parliament and above Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s home in Downing Street were lowered to half-mast as a mark of respect.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to lawmaker David Amess who was stabbed to death at a constituency meeting on Friday, saying he was a fine public servant and much loved friend and colleague.

“All our hearts are full of shock and sadness today at the loss of Sir David Amess MP, who was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and the whole of the United Kingdom,” Johnson said.

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague.” 

Former Prime Minister David Cameron responded to the news on Twitter, writing, “This is the most devastating, horrific & tragic news. David Amess was a kind & thoroughly decent man – and he was the most committed MP you could ever hope to meet. Words cannot adequately express the horror of what has happened today. Right now, my heart goes out to David’s family.”

This is the most devastating, horrific & tragic news. David Amess was a kind & thoroughly decent man – & he was the most committed MP you could ever hope to meet. Words cannot adequately express the horror of what has happened today. Right now, my heart goes out to David’s family

— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) October 15, 2021

Dominic Raab, UK Deputy Prime Minister, responded, “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.”

“Heartbreaking to hear of the death of Sir David Amess,” former Prime Minister Theresa May said. “A decent man and respected parliamentarian, killed in his own community while carrying out his public duties. A tragic day for our democracy.”

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, said in a tweet, “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.”

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

— Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon) October 15, 2021

Brendan Cox, the husband of Labour lawmaker Jo Cox who was murdered in 2016, reacted, “My thoughts and love are with David’s family. They are all that matter now. This brings everything back. The pain, the loss, but also how much love the public gave us following the loss of Jo. I hope we can do the same for David now.”

My thoughts and love are with David’s family. They are all that matter now. This brings everything back. The pain, the loss, but also how much love the public gave us following the loss of Jo. I hope we can do the same for David now. pic.twitter.com/hwRN0PODPK

— Brendan Cox (@MrBrendanCox) October 15, 2021

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted, “From Israel, we send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sir David Amess. He always stood with the Jewish community and was a true friend of Israel. May his memory be for a blessing.”

From Israel, we send our deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Sir David Amess. He always stood with the Jewish community and was a true friend of Israel.

May his memory be for a blessing.

— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid (@yairlapid) October 15, 2021

Friday’s stabbing echos the 2016 stabbing and shooting of Jo Cox, a Labour Member of Parliament, who was killed before a constituency meeting in West Yorkshire in June 2016, just days before the Brexit referendum.

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Britain: Conservative MP dies after stabbing attack, suspect arrested