After the killing of Sir David Ames MP in a terror attack, mourners bid farewell to him in a procession led by a horse carriage.
The father of five children, who were stabbed to death during constituency surgery on October 15 in Leh-on-Sea, was buried today surrounded by family and friends.
His friend and colleague Marc Francois gave a praise at a private service at St. Mary’s Church in Prittlewell on Monday.
Former Conservative MP N Widdecombe, a friend of the veteran MP, also read out a statement on behalf of the AIIMS family.
The bells began to ring in the church as the tearful mourners arrived for the funeral – Sir David’s coffin was draped in a Union Jack flag.
The coffins at Sir David’s funeral are taken from the Southend Fire Service.
After the 1 pm service, a horse-drawn chariot is taken on a procession through Southend.
It is due to stop outside Southend’s Civic Center and Sir David’s constituency office, Ewegh Hall, before returning to the Chapel of Rest.
Singers will sing before and during the service – Southend Boys and Girls Choir, Leigh Orpheus Male Voice Choir and St. Mary’s Church Choir.
Sir David’s family will ask people to “set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all”, in their statement, to be read at his funeral service.
The statement read: “This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards solidarity.
“Whatever one’s caste, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.
“As a family, we are trying to understand why this terrible thing has happened.
“No one should die like this. No one.
“Please let something good come out of this tragedy.
‘Amazing and inspiring person’
“We are completely broken, but we will live and move on for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man.
“We ask at this time that the privacy of the family be respected so that we can grieve alone.”
The family said in a statement read by Ann Widdecombe: “Our hearts are broken.
“However, David still wanted to do a lot – that’s what we know from the events of the past few days.
“So, this is not the end of Sir David Ames MP.
“This is the next chapter and, as a family, we ask everyone to support the many charities they work with.
“It has really given us a lot of comfort.
“The support shown by friends, constituents and the general public has been so overwhelming. As a family, it has given us strength.
“We realized from the tribute given that David was more than even we, those closest to him, knew. We are very proud of him.”
A request mass will be held at Westminster Cathedral in London on Tuesday, where a message from the Pope is to be shared.
Southend Council leader Ian Gilbert said Monday would be an “incredibly emotional day”.
He said that Sir David’s family “understands that there are many others in the city who knew and loved him”, and have agreed for the service to be broadcast on local radio station BBC Essex.
In an earlier interview, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told BBC Essex that many of his cabinet colleagues cried upon learning of Sir David’s death.
Mr Johnson was away from cabinet the day he was given the news.
“Everyone was completely devastated,” he told the broadcaster.
“We were all sitting here and there.
“Then I was called and I was informed.
“I had to go back to tell cabinet colleagues, many of whom had known David for decades, and I fear that many colleagues would shed tears because this was just horrific news.
“I think we were also very shaken by the impact of what had happened, and the fact that his life ended tragically the way it was.”
Monday’s funeral service, led by the Reverend Paul McKay and the Rev. Monsignor Kevin William Hale, was strictly by invitation only.
Mr Gilbert said people could pay their respects to Sir David by writing a book of condolence at the Civic Center before it closed at 7 pm on Monday.
Sir David, a married father of five children, spent a short stint as a primary school teacher in London’s East End and then worked as a recruitment consultant.
But politics was his calling and in the early 30s the ardent Brexiteer was the proud MP for Basildon in Essex.
Once inside the corridors of power he served as perhaps the most famous ally of the new breed of Thatcherite Tory – Michael Portillo.
He was part of this new gang of Tory grafters and Strivers who are changing their ancient party forever.
But Sir David shrugs off the ministerial ladder, which proves very attractive to most politicians.
Instead, this proud Essex boy preferred to be on the backbench where he could speak his mind freely, and stand up for his constituents, without the muzzle of the ‘collective ministerial responsibility’ that so many politicians face. embraces.
His companions and friends remember a charismatic, witty and charming MP.
Someone who loved nothing more than to travel around his constituency, interact with the locals and campaign on issues close to his heart.
The president of his local Tory party branch, dubbed him “everybody’s friend”, could not do much for his patch.
farewell sir david
“He has a photographic memory – he remembers everyone” he recalled.
After nearly 15 years in his beloved Basildon, Sir David moved on to become an MP in the nearby constituency of Southend West (the Boundary Commission owners had tampered with the boundaries of his old constituency – meaning that it Had to fall for labor).
The 1997 election brought with it a change in guard. Tony Blair won the match. Like Maggie Thatcher two decades ago, the new Labor leader was chosen on a promise to remake her country – and her party.
But while most of the UK fell into the red rosette, Southend West remained entirely blue. And Sir David was his man.
He was often found nodding in Parliament amid raucous PMQs, asking if he would support his campaign to make Southend West a city.
In December 2019, he won an adjournment debate in the Commons specifically on the campaign and he told lawmakers: “I’m not messing around.
“We’ve got from the prime minister that Southend is going to be a city – and it will become a city.”
An ardent supporter of the British monarchy, Sir David saw another opportunity in November 2020 as the Commons considered plans for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.
He asked for a new statue of the Queen and a city-status contest to elevate Southend’s status.
In March 2021, Sir David reiterated his statue call – insisting on the Queen that he deserves to be a “great” monarch.
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