MP Sir David Amess dies after being stabbed multiple times

Renzo Szkwarok writes about MP Sir David Amess who died on Friday 15th October whilst meeting with constituents.

Renzo Szkwarok
15th October 2021
Sir David Amess MP
On Friday midday, Essex police were called to an incident in Leigh-on-Sea where Sir David Amess MP had been stabbed. The incident took place at Belfairs Methodist Church, during a constituency meeting, where it is believed the attacker ran into the building before stabbing the MP multiple times.

Police have arrested one man on suspicion of murder, with no further suspects believed to be involved. Counter terrorism police are also assisting in the investigation, but the reason for the attack is as yet unknown.

Amess received treatment for his injuries, with an air ambulance present to take him to hospital for further treatment if needed, but sadly he died at the scene.

This attack will no doubt bring in to question the safety of MPs after yet another incident takes place. This follows attacks on Andrew Pennington in 2000, Stephen Timms in 2010, and Jo Cox who was murdered by a far-right terrorist in 2016.

This follows attacks on Andrew Pennington in 2000, Stephen Timms in 2010, and Jo Cox who was murdered by a far-right terrorist in 2016

The Jo Cox Foundation, which was set up after her murder, said in a tweet that they were “horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP” and that they were “thinking of his family and his loved ones”.

Keir Starmer, the Labour Party leader, has said the news is “horrific” and he is “deeply saddened”. Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland's first minister said: ""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."

Sir David Amess, a husband and father of five children, represented his constituency of Southend West since 1997 and has been a prominent backbencher.

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