David Amess is a British lawmaker David Amess was stabbed to death Friday while holding a regular meeting with constituents, police said, in a killing that has shaken the country.
Police said they have arrested a man, aged 25, on suspicion of murder and recovered a knife.
Officers from the United Kingdom’s specialist counterterrorism command unit are leading the investigation, Essex Police said, adding that it was not yet clear whether the killing was terror-related.
Amess, 69, was stabbed repeatedly while holding meetings with voters at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, a coastal town about 30 miles east of London, according to police.
Who was Sir David Amess?
A Conservative backbencher for nearly forty years, Sir David entered Parliament in 1983 as the MP for Basildon.
He held the seat in 1992, but switched to nearby Southend West at the 1997 election.
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.
David Amess Net Worth, Salary
Sir David, 69, had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. He is the second serving MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016. His net worth was estimated to be $42 million, as of 2021.
David Amess Wiki/Biography
|Real Name||David Amess|
|Age||24 years old (Died)|
|Death Date||15 October 2021|
|Birthdate||1 May 1997|
|Height||5 feet 8 inches|
|Net Worth||$42 million, as of 2021|
David Amess Wife, Children
Amess, who is survived by his wife, Julia Arnold, and their five children, was praised as a committed public servant and “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics,” Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in a statement later Friday.
“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future, and we’ve lost today a fine public servant and much loved friend and colleague,” Johnson said.
The incident carried echoes of the 2016 murder of Labour lawmaker Jo Cox by a far-right extremist. Cox was shot and stabbed in the street in Birstall, a village in north England, where she had been due to hold meetings with constituents.
David Amess: Conservative MP stabbed to death explained
Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery in Essex.
Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.
They recovered a knife and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. A counter terrorism team will lead the investigation.
Boris Johnson has spoken of his shock and sadness at the loss of “one of the kindest” people in politics.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs “with immediate effect”, a Home Office spokesman said.
Sir David, 69, had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. He is the second serving MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016. She was killed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she was due to hold a constituency surgery.
The investigation into the attack will be led by the Metropolitan Police’s specialist Counter Terrorism Command, who will determine whether it was a terrorist incident.
The prime minister said Sir David had an “outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable”.
“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future. We’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague,” said Mr Johnson.
Ms Patel said the killing “represents a senseless attack on democracy itself”, adding that “questions are rightly being asked about the safety of our country’s elected representatives”.
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle, who spoke to the home secretary on Friday, also said MPs’ security would have to be examined. He said Sir David’s death would “send shockwaves across the parliamentary community and the whole country”.
Sir David, who represented Southend West, was holding a constituency surgery – where voters can meet their MP and discuss concerns – at Belfairs Methodist Church in Eastwood Road North.
Essex Police Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said they received reports of a stabbing shortly after 12:05 BST and within minutes, officers found Sir David with multiple injuries.
Police and paramedics “worked extremely hard” to save him but he died at the scene, Mr Harrington said.
Police have appealed for anyone who saw the attack, or who has footage from CCTV, dash cams or video doorbell to contact them.
Southend councillor John Lamb told the BBC that Sir David moved his surgeries to different locations around the constituency “to meet the people” and said the attack was “absolutely dreadful”.
“We’ve lost a very good, hard working constituency MP who worked for everyone,” he said.