MPs respond to the murder of Sir David Amess

Charles Harrison (18 October, 2021)

MPs from Southwark have expressed their love and support for Sir David's family and team

31615MP Harriet Harman

MPs of Southwark have shared their condolences online following the tragic death of Sir David Amess on Friday.

Sir David, who had been a Conservative MP since 1983 and represented the Southend West constituency, was stabbed multiple times during his regular meeting with constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

MP Harriet Harman drew attention to her history with Sir David and his “boundless energy” for cross-party causes, including a letter they both signed to Boris Johnson requesting an apology over the subject of forced adoptions.

Meanwhile, MPs Helen Hayes and Neil Coyle expressed their gratitude to their own constituents’ support during this time, highlighting that their job “should not put them or their team at risk.”

Helen Hayes added: “There is no place for violence & hate in our democracy.”

All three MPs sent their support to Sir David’s family.

Sir David, 69, who was married with four daughters and a son, is the second MP to be killed in recent years following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in June 2016.

A 25-year-old man named as Ali Harbi Ali, is currently being detained under the Terrorism Act.

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