The British Conservative Party deputy David Amess, 69, died this Friday, after receiving several stab wounds while attending a ceremony with voters in his constituency of Southend West, in Essex county, as confirmed by the police in this region. House of Commons MPs typically hold weekly calls surgeries, some sessions with the voters of their particular constituency in which they attend to complaints or petitions.
Amess was at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea when an individual suddenly broke in and started stabbing the politician. “We have been advised of a possible stabbing north of Eastwood Road shortly after 12:05 PM (1:05 PM PST). An individual was immediately arrested, and no other suspect is being sought, ”Essex police reported. The arrested man was 25 years old and is currently in police custody.
The meeting with the deputy was announced on his social networks. Ammes represented that constituency for almost 40 years. In 2015 he received the honorary knighthood, which allows him to use the sir in front of your name. Known eurosceptic, he actively participated in the campaign in favor of Brexit of the 2016 referendum. He later joined the political group Leave Means Leave (Exit Means Exit) that maintained pressure on the Conservative Government to complete the exit from the EU. He was also a staunch defender of animal rights, actively involved in the campaign against the British tradition of fox hunting with dogs and horses. The Conservative deputy was married and has five children.
Eyewitnesses say that an ambulance arrived at the scene, where Amess received medical attention. The anti-terrorist unit of the police has already joined the investigation of what happened, as reported by the newspaper The Guardian. Under the usual procedure, they will remain attached to the case until a cause of the crime other than terrorism is clearly established.
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Labor MP Jo Cox was also holding a meeting with voters during the 2016 referendum when she was stabbed to death by a far-right militant. His death shocked a country that had already entered a drift of bitter division because of Brexit. “All of this brings back the memories,” her widower, Brendan Cox, wrote on Twitter. “The pain, the loss, but also the immense love of the citizens. I hope we do the same now for David. “
Amess’s death has sparked an immense flow of reactions, both from the ranks of his fellow Conservatives and from the Labor opposition. “Shocking and terrifying news. My thoughts are with David, his family and his assistants ”, has written the leader of the opposition, Keir Starmer. “The worst thing about violence is its lack of humanity. Steal the joy of the world and take away our loved ones. Today she has taken a father, a husband and a highly respected colleague, ”wrote the Minister of the Economy, Rishi Sunak.
There have been similar incidents of violence in other sessions with voters of this type, which have raised questions about a political meeting format that favors closeness to voters, but leaves the politician defenseless. Any citizen can freely access these meetings. In 2010, Labor Stephen Timms was stabbed twice by a radical student. In 2000, Andrew Pennington, an aide to Liberal Democrat Nigel Jones, was killed trying to protect his boss from a deranged man who broke into the premises with a sword.