London: British Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, was repeatedly stabbed by a knife wielding man in Essex on Friday in a Church. According to media report he succumbed to his injuries later.
As per the BBC report, Sir David has been an MP from 1983, was stabbed as he was going to hold his constituency surgery a public meet where voters can meet their MP and discuss their concerns at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, when he was attacked. He was treated by emergency services, but he died at the scene.
Sir David is the second British MP to be killed after Labour’s Jo Cox, amid the rising tensions over the Brexit vote since 2016. Police arrested a 25 year old man on suspicion of murder, a knife was recovered and they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the crime. Tributes poured in for the backbencher MP from across the political spectrum.
Health Secretary Sajid Javid said he was a great man, a great friend, and a great MP, killed while fulfilling his democratic role. Chancellor Rishi Sunak 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. All my thoughts and prayers are with Sir David’s loved ones.
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle said this is an incident that will send shockwaves across the parliamentary community and the whole country. He said he was shocked and deeply distressed by the killing of a lovely man and said in the coming days they would need to examine MPs’ security. Labour London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was deeply, deeply saddened and described Sir David as a great public servant. Flags around Parliament and at 10 Downing Street are being flown at half-mast.