Sir David Amess dead latest – Fatal stabbing 'an attack on democracy' as police declare MP murder a terrorist incident

Sir David Amess dead latest – Fatal stabbing 'an attack on democracy' as police declare MP murder a terrorist incident

10/16/2021

CONSERVATIVE MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at a church in Essex.

A man is understood to have walked into Belfairs Methodist Church and knifed the 69-year-old multiple times.

Armed cops swooped on the in Leigh-on-Sea church after the minister, who represents Southend West in Essex, was attacked at the meeting just after midday.

Police confirmed a suspect has been arrested and said they are not looking for anyone else.

Read our David Amess live blog for the latest updates

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    Southend West Councillor against Zoom constituency meetings

    Councillor Kevin Buck, deputy chairman of the Southend West constituency association, said he is against moving MPs' surgery meetings to Zoom after the death of colleague Sir David Amess.

    Mr Buck said he does not believe Sir David would have wanted meetings to go online, nor would he have wanted extra protection such as metal detectors and a police presence at face-to-face talks with constituents.

    Speaking to BBC Breakfast, he said: "I don't think he would have approved, I personally don't approve really, I know we have to take our own personal safety very seriously, but I enjoy, as Sir David did, meeting the people.

    "That's why we do this, so that we can lead the people and help the people and I don't want to do that from behind a TV screen or from behind the glass screen or a security box because then we've lost."

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    Met Police Counter Terrorism Command leading investigation

    The investigation is being led by the Met's Counter Terrorism Command who are working with the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Essex Police, the Metropolitan Police said.

    It said formal identification is yet to take place, but the victim has been identified as Sir David Amess and specialist officers are supporting his family.

    Witnesses, or anyone with information about the incident are urged to contact police.

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    Jacqui Smith warns of 'attack on democracy'

    Jacqui Smith, former Labour MP and chairwoman of the Jo Cox Foundation, described the fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess as "an attack on our democracy".

    Ms Smith said it is right to have a review of MPs' security and physical safety, but she added it needs to go "far further than that".

    She told BBC Breakfast: "All of us have a responsibility to protect our democracy, which is so important for this country. We can't do that unless we protect and respect those people who are elected as part of it.

    "Sometimes for MPs it's actually quite difficult for them to argue for special treatment, but they are special.

    "They are the people who are elected in our democracy to represent us and we all therefore have a responsibility to treat them with respect and to ensure that they're safe as they go about that job."

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    Cops confirm Sir David knifed in terror attack

    TORY MP Sir David Amess was knifed to death in a terror attack, cops have confirmed.

    A 25-year-old man was held by armed cops after Sir David, 69, was stabbed multiple times yesterday at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

    Anti-terror cops revealed the arrested British national of Somali origin is thought to have been inspired by Islamic extremism.

    It is understood the suspect lived in Sir David’s Southend West constituency after his family came to the UK from the war-torn East African country in the 1990s.

    Urgent background checks are being carried out on him to establish any potential links with jihadist groups.

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    PM and Home Sec visit Essex

    Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel have arrived in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, to pay tribute to late Tory MP Sir David Amess.

    The Prime Minister laid a wreath at the front of Belfairs Methodist Church, where Sir David was fatally stabbed on Friday.

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    Lindsay Hoyle went ahead with constituency surgery

    Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has said he went ahead with his constituency surgery as normal on Friday evening, despite the killing of Sir David Amess.

    Sir Lindsay said it was essential that MPs were able to retain their relationship with their constituents.

    “We have got to make sure that democracy survives this,” he told BBC2’s Newsnight.

    “I did my surgery tonight because people are not going to stop us. The one thing we have is a relationship with our constituents,

    “It is that relationship we have built up, that trust with the electorate where they can meet their MP, share those issues, share those problems. What David was doing today, I have done tonight.”

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    Dame Vera Lynn's daughter pays tribute

    Virginia Lewis-Jones, daughter of Dame Vera Lynn and family friend of Sir David Amess, has said she will add a tribute to the MP to the statue of her mother that the pair fundraised for.

    Sir David supported and helped launch the Dame Vera Lynn Memorial Appeal, working to have a statue erected in honour of the forces' sweetheart after her death, although the target of £1.5 million has not yet been hit.

    Speaking to BBC Breakfast, Ms Lewis-Jones said: "I think in some way, David should also be remembered in the memorial for what he has done to this point and hopefully in spirit will continue to do.

    "We've got to continue, not only for my mother but also for David for what he began and for what we will continue to do because it's half his memorial as well."

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    Fatal stabbing being treated as terrorist incident

    The fatal stabbing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess has been declared a terrorist incident, Metropolitan Police have confirmed.

    The 69-year-old, who had been an MP since 1983, was fatally injured while meeting constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea near Southend at midday on Friday.

    In a statement, the Met said Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon, had formally declared the incident as terrorism.

    The investigation is being led by counter-terrorism officers.

    The early investigation has revealed "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism", the force said.

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    David Amess: what we know so far

    • Sir David Amess, 69, dies after being stabbed several times at Tory constituency surgery as man, 25, arrested for murder
    • Husband of murdered Jo Cox says Sir David Amess’ killing ‘brings everything back’ after wife’s tragic death
    • Sir David Amess called for action on knife crime seven months before he was stabbed to death
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      Former minister calls for one-to-one meeting ban

      A former Conservative minister has urged his fellow MPs to stop offering face-to-face meetings with constituents following the fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess.

      Tobias Ellwood, who attempted to save the life of Pc Keith Palmer following a terror attack on Westminster in 2017, was quoted on BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

      "I would recommend that no MP has a direct surgery until you can move to Zoom," Mr Ellwood said, in comments originally made on the station's The World Tonight programme.

      "There are other ways.

      "You can actually achieve an awful lot over the telephone, you can get things moving far faster than having to wait for the surgery date as well."

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      All four surviving PMs pay tribute

      All four surviving former prime ministers also paid tribute to the long-serving MP.

      Theresa May said his death was “heartbreaking” and “a tragic day for our democracy”, adding: “A decent man and respected Parliamentarian, killed in his own community while carrying out his public duties.”

      David Cameron said it Sir David was “the most committed MP you could ever hope to meet”, and said: “David Amess was a kind & thoroughly decent man. Words cannot adequately express the horror of what has happened today.”

      Tony Blair, who also became an MP for the first time in the 1983 election, said he was “horrified” by the attack, commenting: “Though on opposite political sides I always found him a courteous, decent and thoroughly likeable colleague who was respected across the House.”

      Sir John Major said: “This is truly heartbreaking news of a good and decent man who – for over 30 years – was a dedicated public servant. My heart goes out to his family.”

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      Police appeal for information

      Essex police, fire and crime commissioner Roger Hirst urged anyone with information about the killing of Sir David Amess to contact the police.

      “This is a shocking and utterly despicable attack against somebody who was an outstanding MP and has worked tirelessly for their community for many, many years,” he said in a statement outside Southend police station.

      “I know from personal experience the passion with which he stood up for and represented this community. He had a big heart.

      “It is vital that we give the police all our support to ensure that they can do their job at this time. For anybody who has information, please do not hesitate to contact the police.”

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      Review of MPs' security ordered

      A review of MPs' security has been ordered following the death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess, who was fatally stabbed while meeting constituents.

      Official sources told the PA news agency that a 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder is believed to be a British national with Somali heritage.

      The death of Sir David – which is being investigated by counter-terror officers – has led to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs "with immediate effect".

      The Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle said on Friday that police are contacting all MPs to check on their security.

      The man arrested following the attack at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea near Southend at midday on Friday remains in custody.

      Chief constable of Essex Police Ben-Julian Harrington said 69-year-old Southend West MP Sir David was "simply dispensing his duties when his life was horrifically cut short".

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      Lindsay Hoyle went ahead with constituency

      Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle has said he went ahead with his constituency surgery as normal on Friday evening, despite the killing of Sir David Amess.

      Sir Lindsay said it was essential that MPs were able to retain their relationship with their constituents.

      "We have got to make sure that democracy survives this," he told BBC2's Newsnight.

      "I did my surgery tonight because people are not going to stop us. The one thing we have is a relationship with our constituents,

      "It is that relationship we have built up, that trust with the electorate where they can meet their MP, share those issues, share those problems.

      "What David was doing today, I have done tonight."

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      Home Secretary orders immediate review MP’s security

      Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered an immediate review of MPs’ security following the killing of Sir David Amess while meeting constituents.

      Ms Patel met police and representatives of the security and intelligence agencies after the 69-year-old MP was fatally stabbed as he held a surgery in his Southend West constituency.

      A spokesman for the Home Secretary said that she had also spoken to the Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

      “The Home Secretary has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect and will provide updates in due course,” the spokesman said.

      Earlier, Ms Patel said she was “devastated” by the loss of Sir David in what she described as an “attack on democracy itself”.

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      David Amess shunned ministerial ladder to stay on backbenches

      David Amess was part of a new gang of Tory grafters and strivers who reshaped their party forever.

      And as such, Sir David shunned the ministerial ladder which proves simply too alluring for most politicians.

      Instead, this proud Essex boy preferred to stay on the backbenches where he could freely speak his mind, and stand up for his constituents, without the muzzle of ‘collective ministerial responsibility’ which gags so many politicians.

      His colleagues and friends remember a charismatic, witty and charming MP.

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      Counter terror police now leading investigation

      The investigation into the fatal stabbing of Sir David Amess is being led by counter-terror officers, Essex Police have said.

      The death has led to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs “with immediate effect”.

      Chief constable Ben-Julian Harrington said 69-year-old Southend West MP Sir David was “simply dispensing his duties when his life was horrifically cut short”.

      A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the attack at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea near Southend at midday on Friday and remains in custody.

      Mr Harrington said: “The investigation is in its very early stages and is being led by officers from the specialist counter-terrorism command.

      “We made it clear at the time of the incident that we did not believe there was any immediate further threat to anyone else in the area.

      “It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this is a terrorist incident, but as always they will keep an open mind.”

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      Home Secretary orders immediate review MP’s security

      Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered an immediate review of MPs’ security following the killing of Sir David Amess while meeting constituents.

      Ms Patel met police and representatives of the security and intelligence agencies after the 69-year-old MP was fatally stabbed as he held a surgery in his Southend West constituency.

      A spokesman for the Home Secretary said that she had also spoken to the Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

      “The Home Secretary has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect and will provide updates in due course,” the spokesman said.

      Earlier, Ms Patel said she was “devastated” by the loss of Sir David in what she described as an “attack on democracy itself”.

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      Police appeal for information

      Essex police, fire and crime commissioner Roger Hirst urged anyone with information about the killing of Sir David Amess to contact the police.

      “This is a shocking and utterly despicable attack against somebody who was an outstanding MP and has worked tirelessly for their community for many, many years,” he said in a statement outside Southend police station.

      “I know from personal experience the passion with which he stood up for and represented this community. He had a big heart.

      “It is vital that we give the police all our support to ensure that they can do their job at this time. For anybody who has information, please do not hesitate to contact the police.”

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      All four surviving PMs pay tribute

      All four surviving former prime ministers also paid tribute to the long-serving MP.

      Theresa May said his death was “heartbreaking” and “a tragic day for our democracy”, adding: “A decent man and respected Parliamentarian, killed in his own community while carrying out his public duties.”

      David Cameron said it Sir David was “the most committed MP you could ever hope to meet”, and said: “David Amess was a kind & thoroughly decent man. Words cannot adequately express the horror of what has happened today.”

      Tony Blair, who also became an MP for the first time in the 1983 election, said he was “horrified” by the attack, commenting: “Though on opposite political sides I always found him a courteous, decent and thoroughly likeable colleague who was respected across the House.”

      Sir John Major said: “This is truly heartbreaking news of a good and decent man who – for over 30 years – was a dedicated public servant. My heart goes out to his family.”

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      ‘An attack on democracy’

      Home Secretary Priti Patel has condemned the killing of Sir David Amess as an “attack on democracy”, which raises renewed questions about the security of MPs.

      Ms Patel expressed concern that 69-year-old Sir David was fatally stabbed while holding a constituency surgery in his Southend West seat.

      His death came just five-and-a-half years after Labour MP Jo Cox was killed by a far right extremist in her Batley and Spen constituency in West Yorkshire.

      Ms Patel said she was “devastated” by the loss of Sir David, who she described as a “kind and loyal friend”.

      “That he was killed while going about his constituency duties is heart-breaking beyond words. It represents a senseless attack on democracy itself,” she said in a series of tweets.

      “Questions are rightly being asked about the safety of our country’s elected representatives and I will provide updates in due course.”

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      Investigation to be led by counter-terrorism cops

      The investigation into the fatal stabbing of Tory MP Sir David Amess will be led by counter-terrorism officers.

      The development was confirmed by Essex Police chief constable Ben-Julian Harrington in a statement at Southend Police Station.

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      Sir David attack ‘awful beyond words’

      Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the attack as “awful beyond words”.

      She said: “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.”

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      Boris Johnson: ‘Our hearts are filled with shock and sadness’

      BORIS Johnson tonight paid tribute to Conservative MP Sir David Amess who has died after being stabbed multiple times.

      In a statement from No 10 the visibly shocked PM said the nation has lost “a fine public servant and a much loved friend”.

      Boris, who spent the day in Bristol with his Cabinet, said: “I think all our hearts are full of shock and sadness today. Sir David Amess 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 UK.

      “The reason I think people are so shocked and saddened is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics and he also had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.

      “David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much loved friend and colleague. Our thoughts are very much today with his wife his children and his family.”

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      Home Secretary orders immediate review MP’s security

      Home Secretary Priti Patel has ordered an immediate review of MPs’ security following the killing of Sir David Amess while meeting constituents.

      Ms Patel met police and representatives of the security and intelligence agencies after the 69-year-old MP was fatally stabbed as he held a surgery in his Southend West constituency.

      A spokesman for the Home Secretary said that she had also spoken to the Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle.

      “The Home Secretary has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect and will provide updates in due course,” the spokesman said.

      Earlier, Ms Patel said she was “devastated” by the loss of Sir David in what she described as an “attack on democracy itself”.

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