Political leaders in Northern Ireland have paid tribute to veteran Tory MP Sir David Ames, who died in a stabbing incident.
He was attacked in a constituency surgery in Essex.
First Minister Paul Givhan described a “brutal attack on a man with a distinguished history of public service”.
He said, ‘It will affect all of us.
“But, more than that, Sir David was a husband, father and colleague – and it is those closest to him who will feel this loss most deeply. My immediate condolences are with Sir David’s family and friends at this sad time.” “
Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “I am deeply shocked to learn of the death of David Ames in the most tragic circumstances. No public representative should face attack while performing his duties on behalf of his constituents .
“My thoughts and prayers, first and foremost, are with David’s family and friends at this terrible time.”
DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson offered his condolences to Sir David’s family and friends.
“Our prayers are with those closest to David. It is shocking and frightening,” he said.
“Sir David Ames has been a long-time friend to me personally but also to the Sangh. Westminster He took a keen interest in Northern Ireland and his people. He always wanted to see the country progressing.
“Such a brutal attack must be condemned and it is a reminder of the dangers that still face people in public office.”
SDLP leader and Foyle MP Colm Eastwood described the death as “shocking beyond words”.
“He left home this morning to meet constituents and do his best for his local community. It is absolutely appalling to face such a brutal attack in the name of public service.
“politicians Make yourself accessible to the public to provide support and improve their lives. No one believes they will be attacked in that attempt. After this terrible news, today the political leaders will unite with all the parties.
“My thoughts are with David’s family, friends and colleagues at this difficult time.”
Ulster Unionist leader Doug Beatty said it was heartbreaking news.
“The tributes being paid to him from all political parties show a great deal of respect for a decent, hardworking MP,” he said.
“It is an absolute tragedy that he lost his life doing the work of his choice while serving his constituents.
“On behalf of the Ulster Unionist team I extend my deepest condolences to Sir David’s family, friends and colleagues.
TUV leader Jim Allister said Sir David’s death had shocked the nation.
“This news will evoke many memories for the people of Northern Ireland, not just how the Rev. Robert Bradford was murdered while serving his constituents,” he said.
“I am confident that Sir David’s family will be comforted by the knowledge that he will be remembered in the prayers of countless people this evening.”