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Paramedics fought unsuccessfully to save his life on the church floor, where a sign reads “Everyone is welcome here: where old friends meet and strangers feel at home”

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LEIGH-ON-SEA, England, October 15 (Reuters) – A British lawmaker from Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was stabbed to death on Friday in a church by a man who assaulted him during a meeting with voters of his constituency.

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David Amess, 69, MP for Southend West in Essex, eastern England, was targeted around noon during a meeting at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Paramedics fought for his life on the church floor – where a sign reads “Everyone is welcome here: where old friends meet and strangers feel at home” – to no avail.

The attack will raise questions about the safety of MPs, who hold regular face-to-face meetings with residents of their neighborhoods, usually with little security. It comes just over five years after Labor MP Jo Cox was assassinated in Yorkshire on her way to a constituency operation.

“This is an incident that will send shockwaves through the parliamentary community and across the country,” House of Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle said in a statement. “In the next few days, we will have to discuss and review the safety of MPs and what to do next. “

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Armed police broke into the church and said a man had been arrested. Police said they were not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.

Emergency services fought to save his life inside the church, but to no avail.

“He was treated by the emergency services but, unfortunately, died at the scene,” police said.

“A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after police arrived at the scene suspected of murder and a knife was recovered. “

Police officers are seen at the scene where MP David Amess was stabbed during a constituency operation, in Leigh-on-Sea, Britain on October 15, 2021. Photo de REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Amess, married with five children, was first elected to parliament to represent Basildon in 1983 and then ran for office in Southend West in 1997.

“He was stabbed several times,” John Lamb, a local adviser at the scene, told Reuters.

A mess The death of sparked tributes from all walks of life. Former Prime Minister David Cameron described A mess as “the most committed MP you could hope to meet”, while Labor leader Keir Starmer called his death “horrific and deeply shocking”.

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As news of the attack emerged, Prime Minister Boris Johnson rushed to London after a meeting in Bristol, west England.

Johnson’s wife Carrie said she was devastated.

“Absolutely devastating news about Sir David A mess . He was extremely kind and kind, ”she said on Twitter. “A huge animal lover and a true gentleman. It is so unfair. “

Ian Blackford, Scottish National Party leader in Westminster, called the news “utterly devastating”, while Democratic Unionist Party leader Jeffrey Donaldson said the attack was “shocking and horrific”.

“We are all united in sadness today and to call for an end to this abuse, intimidation and violence,” Blackford said in a statement. “It is a threat to our democracy – and it must stop. “

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The stabbing at a meeting with voters echoes a 2010 incident when Labor lawmaker Stephen Timms survived a stab in his constituency office and the fatal shooting of Labor’s Jo Cox in 2016 a few just days before the Brexit referendum.

“Attacking our elected officials is an attack on democracy itself,” Cox’s husband Brendan said on Twitter. “There is no excuse, no justification. It’s as loose as it gets.

“It brings everything back. The pain, the loss, but also how much love the audience gave us following the loss of Jo. I hope we can do the same for David now. “

Writing by Guy Faulconbridge and Michael Holden; Editing by Kate Holton, William Maclean, Toby Chopra, Catherine Evans and Giles Elgood

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