Sir David, 69, was stabbed multiple times as he held a surgery in his Southend West constituency. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said their "tho
Sir David, 69, was stabbed multiple times as he held a surgery in his Southend West constituency. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said their “thoughts and prayers” were with his family, friends and colleagues.
A post on their official Kensington Royal Twitter account said: “We are shocked and saddened by the murder of Sir David Amess, who dedicated 40 years of his life to serving his community.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and colleagues. W & C.”
Sir David, who has been an MP since 1983, was stabbed to death at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea at midday on Friday.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the Tory veteran, who was married with five children.
Boris Johnson said Sir David was “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics”.
Speaking on Friday evening, the Prime Minister said: “I think 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.
“And 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, whether the people who are suffering from endometriosis, passing laws to end cruelty to animals, or doing a huge amount to reduce the fuel poverty suffered by people up and down the country.
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The death has led to Home Secretary Priti Patel asking all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs “with immediate effect”.
Mr Harrington said officers were called to reports of a stabbing at just after midday.
He said: “The response of the emergency services to this incident was immediate and our officers arrived on scene within minutes.
“When they arrived they found Sir David Amess MP, who had suffered multiple injuries.
“This was a difficult incident, but our officers and paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service worked extremely hard to save Sir David.
“Tragically he died at the scene. A 25-year-old man was arrested immediately at the scene on suspicion of murder. He remains in custody.
“A knife was also recovered at the scene.”
Sir David’s death comes five years after Labour MP Jo Cox was fatally stabbed as she attended a constituency surgery in 2016.