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Sir David Amess - UK MP stabbed to death.

Sir David Amess, Conservative MP has died after being stabbed brutally in Essex his constituency surgery.

A suspicious man was arrested of murder after the incident by the police at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

A knife was retrieved and they were not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident at hand.

Sir David Amess, 69, had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children.

Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said on Twitter: “Rest In Peace Sir David.

“You were a champion for animal welfare, the less fortunate, and the people of Southend West.

“You will be missed by many.”


Profile of Sir David Amess

A Conservative backbencher for nearly forty years, the 69-year-old father of five entered Parliament in 1983 as the MP for Basildon.

He achieved totemic status within the Tory party for holding the seat in 1992, but switched to nearby Southend West at the 1997 election.

Amess received the "Outstanding Achievement Award" at the Charity Champion Parliamentary reception hosted by Dods in 2012 in recognition for his lifetime commitment to charitable work.

He and his wife Julia Arnold had one son and four daughters. Julia was a part-time caseworker for her husband. His son – also named David Amess – was jailed for four years in 2005 for wounding with intent after smashing a bottle of champagne over a man's head in a nightclub. Their eldest daughter is actress Katie Amess. She publicly criticised her father's stance on same-sex marriage after producing a film in support of gay rights in 2013.

Raised as a Roman Catholic, he was known politically as a social conservative and as a prominent campaigner against abortion and on animal welfare issues.

He was also known for his championing of Southend, including a long-running campaign to win city status for the town.

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Conservative David Amess Nadhim Zahawi Southend West UK

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