Newsman: A British ruling Conservative Party’s Member of Parliament Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery in Essex. Sir David Amess was stabbed at a Methodist church while holding regular meetings with constituents,
Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has spoken of his shock and sadness at the loss of “one of the kindest” people in politics. 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.
Home Secretary Priti Patel has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs “with immediate effect”, a Home Office spokesman said
Police recovered a knife and are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident. A counter-terrorism team will lead the investigation.
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.
Mentioning government source the BBC reported the man arrested was a British national who, according to initial inquiries, is of Somali heritage.
On Friday, David Amess, 69, from the ruling Conservative Party was attacked at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, a coastal town east of London, his office said.