Sir David Amess obituary: Animal lover was passionate backbencher

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and David Ames, who has died at the age of 69 after being stabbed in constituency surgery, was one of Parliamentlongest service MPsMILF during winning your seat Margaret ThatcherStrong landslide general election victory in 1983.

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at that level he was conservative for MP Basildon – a seat he said he loved – but he later jumped to another Essex Constituency, Southend West, after redrawing the political map in 1997.

He served the Essex coastal city for the past 24 years, gaining a comfortable majority of 14,000 seats in the 2019 election, expanding tories‘ hold on to a constituency it controlled since the Second World War.


Described by colleagues and friends as kind, committed and gentle, he was known for his strong views on animal welfare. In his final contribution to the House of Commons on 23 September – before the recess of the autumn conference – he called for a renewed parliamentary debate on the issue.

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She also held strong anti-abortion views and campaigned tirelessly for Southend to be granted city status.

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An ardent Brexiteer, he sat on the right wing of the Conservative Party and was a vocal supporter of the holiday campaign during the 2016 EU referendum. On 31 December last year, on the eve of Britain’s exit from the EU single market, Sir David tweeted a picture of Thatcher’s cardboard cutout, announcing that she would rejoice in heaven.

Born in Plasto in London’s East End in 1952, Sir David was raised and raised as a Roman Catholic, before studying economics and government at the then Bournemouth College of Technology at Forest Gate St. He attended Bonaventure Grammar School.

He briefly taught at a school in Bethnal Green and worked as an underwriter before becoming a recruitment consultant.

Sir Trevor Brooking and David Ames MPs pose with the WSL trophy during a parliamentary reception to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the FA in the House of Commons on November 4, 2013

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However, after spending much of the 1970s in the private sector, he soon began to pursue his political career, first standing as a candidate in the Labor Safe seat of Newham North West in 1979, four years The latter before being successfully elected to Basildon.

He never became a minister, but during Thatcher’s stay in power and later in the John Major administration he served as an assistant – or PPS – to Edwina Curry and then to Michael Portillo in several government departments, including Transportation and the Treasury.

But after Tony Blair came to power in 1997, he pursued his areas of interest and expertise as a respected backbench MP and an eclectic array of all-party parliamentary groups for endometriosis, fairs and showgrounds and fire safety. presided over.

He is survived by his wife Julia Arnold, with whom he had five children – four daughters and a son.


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