Tributes paid to Conservative MP Sir David Amess who was stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery in church

Conservative MP, Sir David Amess, 69, has died after he was stabbed several times by man while hosting a surgery in a church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

<p>Sir. David Amess, MP, was stabbed by a man while he hosted a surgery inside Belfairs Methodist Church.</p>

Sir. David Amess, MP, was stabbed by a man while he hosted a surgery inside Belfairs Methodist Church.

Essex Police confirmed the reports of a stabbing incident and said officers had arrested one man at the scene.

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An air ambulance was scrambled to the scene.

“A man’s been arrested following an incident in #LeighonSea,” said Essex Police.

“We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm.

“A man was arrested shortly after & we’re not looking for anyone else.

“We’ll bring you more info when we have it.”

Sir. David Amess, who was from Plaistow in east London, was one of the longest serving MPs - he was first elected in 1983.

Birmingham MPs have paid tribute on social media

Jack Dromey, Labour MP for Erdington, said: Shocked to hear the devastaing enws that David Amess, a fine and decent man, has been murdered.

This is an attack on democracy. Elected representatives must be free to do their jobs without fear. My thoughts are wtih his family at this extremely difficult time.”

Liam Byrne, Labour MP for Hodge Hill, said: “No words can describe the horror of this. A vile appalling crime which has taken the life of a devoted public servant who loved his community, his country and the Commons.

My profound condolences to David’s family, staff and all who loved him.”

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