Police on the scene after MP David Amess killed by stabbing

Police officers and ambulance crew attend following the stabbing of UK Conservative MP Sir David Amess as he met with constituents at a constituency surgery on October 15, 2021 in Leigh-on-Sea, England. Sir David Amess,69, Conservative MP for Southend West from Basildon, has been stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery taking place in Belfair Methodist Church. (Photo: John Keeble/Getty Images)

Tory Lawmaker Stabbed to Death During Meeting With Constituents in UK

"Horrific and deeply shocking news," said Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer in response to the assassination of MP David Amess.

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Conservative Party MP David Amess was fatally stabbed in the United Kingdom on Friday during a meeting with local constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, a coastal town in eastern England.

According to the Guardian:

Amess, 69, an MP since 1983 and who represented Southend West in Essex since 1997, was stabbed several times at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Essex police said a 25-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder. Officers were called to the scene at about 12.05pm on Friday, a statement said, adding: "We attended and found a man injured. He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene."

The statement did not name Amess as the victim, but sources have confirmed to the Guardian that the MP has died.

Paramedics treated Amess at the scene for a considerable time, with an air ambulance in attendance. The man reportedly walked into the constituency surgery and stabbed Amess a number of times.

Condemnations and expressions of grief for Amess and his family poured in following news of his apparent assassination, including from his political opponents from Labour and the Scottish National Party.

In response, Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned the attack, saying, "Elected representatives from across the political spectrum will be united in sadness and shock today. In a democracy, politicians must be accessible and open to scrutiny, but no-one deserves to have their life taken while working for and representing their constituents."

And Labour Party Leader Keir Starmer tweeted: "Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff."

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