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British MP David Amess. — Twitter/File
British MP David Amess. — Twitter/File
  • Amess is the most recent British MPs who has been attacked at his weekly constituency “surgery” with voters.
  • Native police didn’t identify Amess however stated a person had been arrested “on suspicion (of) murder”.
  • Transport Secretary Grant Shapps calls Amess “a dedicated, thoughtful man and a true Parliamentarian.

LONDON: Conservative British lawmaker David Amess was killed on Friday after being stabbed “a number of instances” during an event in his local constituency in southeast England, in the second death of a UK politician while meeting voters since 2016.

Local police did not name Amess but said a man had been arrested “on suspicion (of) homicide” after the stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea.

“We aren’t searching for anybody else in reference to this incident,” said Essex police, adding that the man in custody was aged 25, and a knife was recovered.

The force said officers had earlier responded to “stories of a stabbing” shortly after 12:05 pm (1105 GMT).

British media, including Sky News and the BBC, identified the victim as the 69-year-old politician from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s ruling Conservative Party.

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps called Amess “a devoted, considerate man and a real Parliamentarian, who misplaced his life whereas serving the constituents who he labored relentlessly for all through his profession”.

Amess is the latest British MPs to have been attacked at his weekly constituency “surgical procedure” with voters, which are typically held on Fridays when parliament is not sitting.

Pro-EU lawmaker Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered by a far-right extremist in 2016 in the run-up to the Brexit referendum.

The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up in her memory, tweeted that it was “horrified to listen to the information of the assault” on Amess.

“We’re pondering of him, his household and family members at this distressing time,” it added.

Cox’s widower Brendan described the stabbing of Amess was “as cowardly because it will get”.

“Attacking our elected representatives is an assault on democracy itself. There is no such thing as a excuse, no justification.”

Another Labour MP, Stephen Timms, was stabbed multiple times during an event in 2010, but recovered from “probably life-threatening accidents” and is still an MP.

Timms said he was “appalled” at the latest attack.

In January 2000, Liberal Democrat MP Nigel Jones was injured and his assistant killed by a man wielding a ceremonial sword at a constituency surgery in Cheltenham, western England.

Security concerns

Former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith expressed concern about the security risk of the local MP “surgical procedures”.

“Once you’re not in your workplace, and also you’re in a public place… which means basically, that the degrees of safety that typically you are suggested to take cannot be taken,” he tweeted.

Amess, a lawmaker since 1983, had advertised his upcoming surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church in the small town of Leigh-on-Sea.

Paul Gardiner, 41, a barber at One Barbers Leigh-On-Sea, told AFP that “armed police and an ambulance” were on the scene.

“There’s a few choppers across the place,” he said.

There was no immediate comment from Johnson, who was leading an away-day for senior ministers in the west of England.

But his wife Carrie, a former Conservative head of communications, tweeted: “Completely devastating information about Sir David Amess.

“He was hugely kind and good. An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.”

David Cameron, one in every of his Tory predecessors in Downing Avenue, stated: “Very alarming and worrying news reports coming from Leigh-on-Sea.

“My ideas and prayers are with Sir David Amess and his household.”

Opposition Labour leader Keir Starmer called the news “horrific and deeply surprising”.

An eye-witness, identified only as Anthony, told radio station LBC that the scene was “utterly and totally swamped by police, ambulance, armed police.

“I saw someone get taken out the building, put into the back of a police car. Apparently he was stabbed quite a few times.”

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