The Southend West MP was murdered at a church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, where he was meeting constituents
Onservative MP Sir David Ames has died after being stabbed multiple times in a constituency surgery.
Here’s what we know so far:
– Southend West MP was mortally wounded in the Belfairs Methodist Church In leh-on-sea In Essex on Friday afternoon and died on the spot.
The MP was stabbed when he was hosting a constituency surgery.
– Essex Police The emergency services response to the incident was immediate and officials reached the scene within minutes.
A 25-year-old man was immediately arrested on the spot on suspicion of murder and is still in custody.
Police said that a knife has been recovered.
Home Secretary Ms Patel has chaired a meeting of police, security and intelligence agencies to discuss the incident and the ongoing response.
Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel return to London from a regional cabinet meeting in Bristol after the attack.
Who is the suspect?
– A 25-year-old man has been kept in police custody on suspicion of murder
Police will check his telephone to find out whether he has links with militancy. Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said: “It will be up to investigators to determine whether this is a terrorist incident, but as always they will keep an open mind.”
Police have appealed to any witness or anyone with CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage to come forward.
Detectives are not looking for any other suspects.
– There has been a wave of tributes for Sir David – including Boris Johnson who said he was ‘One of the kindest, nicest, gentlest people in politics’, while the former Conservative prime minister Theresa May He said his death was “heartbreaking”, adding: “A sad day for our democracy.”
– Tory veteran Sir David Was Essex MP since 1983 and had five children.
– The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they were “shocked and saddened” by the killing of Conservative MP Sir David Ames, their “thoughts and prayers” are with their family, friends and colleagues.
After the death of Sir David, the flags have been flown at half-mast outside the Parliament.
MP Security Concerns
-Sir David’s death echoes the 2016 death of Labor MP Joe Cox, who was fatally stabbed while attending a constituency surgery. Ms Cox’s widower Brendan Cox wrote on Twitter: “It brings everything back.”
– Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, Said that there should be a discussion about the security of MPs in the coming days. And some measures have to be taken.