MPs sit shoulder to shoulder at emotional service for Sir David Amess

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orris johnson bowed his head as MPs Sir David sat shoulder to shoulder with all parties in an emotional church service for Ames.

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The Prime Minister was sitting next to his political rival Siro. Keer Starrer As religious leaders including the Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Rev. Justin Welby Led a service of prayer and remembrance for the Conservative MP who was fatally stabbed in his constituency on Friday.

About 800 MPs and fellows, dressed in black, entered St Margaret’s Church next to Westminster Abbey in silence as muffled organ music was played.


A quiet murmur filled the church until the Reverend Anthony Ball, Canon of Westminster, began the service.

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The congregation, including the leader of the Commons, Jacob Rees-Mogg, took a knee while prayers were read by individuals including the Archbishop of York, Most Rev. Stephen Cottrell.

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At one point during the service, Mr Johnson held his head in his hands and Sir Keir bowed his head.

Mr Rees-Mogg wipes his eyes as Home Secretary Priti Patel A few seats away, he turned his eyes to the ground.

The congregation sang hymns, accompanied by a white-robed choir conducted by St. Margaret’s Consort, Greg Morris.

Labor MP Kim Leadbeater, who stood for parliament in her late sister Joe Cox’s constituency after she was killed in 2016, turned her eyes to the choir as she sang the hymn preface by Edward Elgar to Nimrod and Herbert Howells.

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A similar service was held at the church for Ms. Leadbetter’s sister five years earlier, following the murder of Mrs Cox in her Battle and Spain constituency.

Mr Welby remembered MPs who had died before Sir David, including Joe Cox, and thanked politicians for taking the risk to serve the public.

At the end of the service the MPs spoke in low voices, following the prime minister as they left the church as organ music was played.

St Margaret’s bells were rung halfway to mark the end of the service, as politicians slowly made their way down the streets of Westminster.


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