Boris Johnson today visited the church where Sir David Ames was murdered for planting flowers.
The Priti Patel and Sir Keer starrer joined the Prime Minister in a rare show of cross-party unity during the visit, which comes less than 24 hours after the MP was assassinated.
According to reports, Sir David was meeting with constituents in Leh-on-Sea, Essex, when he was stabbed 17 times.
A 25-year-old British national of Somali origin was arrested on suspicion of murder.
Mr Johnson and Sir Keir both wore black suits and white flowers as they walked alongside the church during an unannounced visit at 9 a.m.
Mrs. Patel, who brought yellow and purple flowers, was wearing a black coat.
Politicians went in front of the church in person to pay their respects before returning to their cars, which were escorted by a police convoy.
He did not stop to talk to reporters.
But Mr Johnson later shared a picture of the handwritten note on Twitter.
His message read: “In memory of Sir David Ames MP, a fine Parliamentarian and a very dear colleague and friend.”
And Mrs Patel later said at Southend police station that politicians are “struggling to adjust” to the loss – but they ‘cannot be intimidated’ after the attack.
“We will continue to review and strengthen the measures, and that’s right. The Speaker and I will continue to support MPs. The police will continue to support MPs. That work is underway.”
“Police systems and measures in terms of measures are what we take upon ourselves. There will be further guidance that will go to the MPs led by the Speaker of the House. But we are open to surgery, doing our job.
“We will absolutely stand by the principles by which we have been chosen – to serve our constituents in the open manner in which we have been doing so. But also recognizing that there are safety and security measures that enable us to Have to do it too.
“We will continue, we live in an open society and democracy. We cannot be intimidated by any person or people with the intention of stopping us from working and serving our elected democracy.”
The Home Secretary continued: “He was a man of the people, he was absolutely for all, he was a very dear parliamentarian, to me he was a dear and loyal friend, but he was also a devoted husband and father.”
A Home Office spokesman said yesterday that he asked all police forces to review the security arrangements for lawmakers with immediate effect.
The prime minister paid tribute to married father Sir David last night, describing him as a “much-loving friend and colleague”.
Mr Johnson said: “All our hearts are filled with shock and sadness today at the passing of Sir David Ames MP, who underwent surgery in his constituency at a church after nearly 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and throughout were killed. United Kingdom.
“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and its future, and we have lost a fine public servant and a very dear friend and colleague today.”
Counter Terror Police is interrogating the suspect today. He is suspected to have been inspired by Islamic extremism.
He is believed to have lived in Sir David’s Southend West constituency after his family moved to Britain from the war-torn East African country in the 1990s.
He had reportedly booked a slot for the surgery to talk to the MP.
Police are not looking for anyone else in connection with their investigation. Two houses were searched in London overnight.
Tragedy comes as…
- Boris Johnson pays tribute to Sir David – and says ‘our hearts are full of shock and sadness’
- Anti-terrorism police interrogates 25-year-old man arrested on suspicion of murder
- A British citizen of Somali origin, the suspect allegedly stabbed the MP 17 times – and sat down peacefully while waiting for police to arrive
- Sir David was told to stop meeting constituents alone after the murder of Joe Cox – and wrote that similar attacks “could happen to any of us”.
- Mrs Cox’s sister says her frightened husband has asked her to withdraw from politics after the terror
- Priti Patel begins review of security of MPs after murder
- There were tears in a vigil last night as friends and constituents remembered their beloved MP
Neighboring West Leigh Councilor John Lamb said Sir David was accompanied by two female members of staff – one from his constituency office and one from his parliamentary office – when a man “literally took out a knife and just started hitting him.” Gave”.
Mr Lamb reported that two heroic employees—including PA Julie Kushan—were heartbroken.
He said: “They are devastated. I have no idea of the purpose. He had no known enemies.
“I’m told the man waited to watch in peace. It’s terrifying. So terrifying.”
Tim Montgomery, a former adviser to the prime minister, gave a moving interview hours after Sir David’s death.
The political columnist who founded the Tory website Conservative Home told BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Tony Livesey: “I wasn’t going to do an interview, but I thought I had something to say about my friend.
“I have recently dealt with my own mental health struggles and it was just a few weeks ago that I last spoke to David.
“David called me and said ‘How are you?’
“He pressed me and said ‘I know you’re not well’ at the moment.”
He said Sir David was “disrespectful” and tried to make him laugh during the chat.
“At the end of the conversation he said ‘I know you’re not in the best place right now, but if it ever gets deeper, you’ll call me, right?’,” he said.
“I said ‘of course I will’.
Terror Police Quiz Suspects
“And he said ‘I mean. If you go to a really dark place, you’ll call me, right?’
“And I promised I would.”
The mourners wept during a watch for Sir David yesterday.
Father Jeffrey Woolnoff described the politician as “Mr. Southend”.
“Have you ever known Sir David without a happy smile on his face?” he said.
“What he greeted was always that wonderful smile.
“He died doing the work he loved. Met his local constituents.”
Tears for ‘Mr Southend’
Robert Halfon, a Tory MP for Harlow and a friend of Sir David, explained: “He was the embodiment of the Essex man.
“He was just the most wonderful and kind and funny and kind politician we were fortunate enough to know in our lifetimes.”
And Judith Cannon, vice-president of the local conservative club and a friend of Sir David, told Sky: “I can’t believe it, I don’t know how someone can harm a kind man like David.
“I don’t understand how someone can be so evil as to harm this man.
“We love him so much. No one is perfect, but he is as perfect as possible.”
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