Tory MP Sir David Amess dies after stabbing

Amess was seriously injured after being stabbed multiple times while holding a constituency meeting at Belfairs Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea.

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•Amess was seriously injured after being stabbed multiple times while holding a constituency meeting at Belfairs Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea.

An undated handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Conservative MP for Southend West, David Amess, posing for an official portrait photograph at the Houses of Parliament in London [Richard Townshend/UK Parliament/AFP]
An undated handout photograph released by the UK Parliament shows Conservative MP for Southend West, David Amess, posing for an official portrait photograph at the Houses of Parliament in London [Richard Townshend/UK Parliament/AFP]

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

Police said a man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the stabbing at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

They said they recovered a knife and were not looking for anyone else in connection to the incident.

Sir David, 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."

Who was 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.

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.