Johnson and Starmer leave flowers at scene of David Amess killing
Home secretary pays tribute to Conservative MP, a ‘man of the people killed doing a job he loved’
Last modified on Sat 16 Oct 2021 12.41 BSTBoris Johnson and Keir Starmer have laid flowers at the scene of the killing of David Amess, the Conservative backbench MP.The party leaders were joined by Priti Patel and Lindsay Hoyle, the Commons Speaker, at Belfairs Methodist church on Saturday morning to lay wreaths in tribute to Amess, who was stabbed to death on Friday while meeting constituents.
Starmer stood side by side with the prime minister outside the church, PA Media reported.The politicians went up individually to the front of the church to pay their respects before returning to their vehicles without stopping to talk to reporters.They joined a steady stream of people arriving at the church with flowers. Samantha Macdonald, 44, who lives in the area, wept as she recalled meeting Amess when he came to her school when she was 12.
“He was always so involved with the community, so accessible as well – prided himself on being accessible,” she said. “He knew every headteacher’s name of every school in his constituency. My 13-year-old daughter absolutely loved him.”02:02Priti Patel pays tribute to David Amess as 'man of the people' and addresses safety of MPs – video headtopics.com
Patel, the home secretary, later visited Southend-on-Sea police station, where she spoke to officers investigating Amess’s death. A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.Speaking outside the police station, Patel paid tribute to Amess, who she described as a “man of the people”, and insisted that MPs would not be deterred from meeting the public.
“We will carry on,” Patel said. “We live in an open society and democracy; we cannot be cowed by any individual or any motivation, people with motives, to stop us from functioning to serve our elected democracy.”Amess “was killed doing a job that he loves, serving his own constituents as an elected democratic member”, Patel said. “Of course, acts of this [kind] are absolutely wrong and we cannot let that get in the way of our functioning democracy.
“So that is why there are measures under way right now – I convened meetings yesterday, I’ve been with the Speaker of the house, and with the police and our security services to make sure that all measures are being put in place for the security of MPs so that they can carry on with their duties as elected democratic members.”
A National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesperson earlier said every MP would be contacted to discuss their security arrangements. Read more: The Guardian »
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Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer visit Leigh-on-SeaPM Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer visit Leigh-on-Sea in Essex to pay tribute to Sir David Amess Police say they are treating the killing of the Conservative MP as a terrorist incident RT ABC7NY JackPosobiec nypost terrorists in Britain Make Southend a City in his honour You let these animals turn up on Kent beaches and you fly them in from shite holes around the world like afghanistan... then wonder why our country is not safe anymore
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'I fear this country is falling to pieces' Brian May leads tributes to MP Sir David AmessBRIAN MAY has left a heartfelt tribute on Instagram to friend and MP David Amess. It is Brian!! Daily Express is part of the problem. Publications can foster a tolerant inclusive society by the manner in which they report. The Express does the opposite. Sir David Amess was known politically as a social conservative. He was also a committed campaigner on animal welfare issues and supported a ban on fox hunting.
Watch: Sir Keir Starmer pays tribute to murdered MP Sir David AmessSir Keir Starmer has paid tribute to murdered MP Sir David Amess.The 69-year-old, who represented Southend West, was stabbed multiple times during a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday.“Sir David had a profound sense of public duty. He was highly respected and much liked across the Houses of Parliament on all sides,” the Labour Leader said as he paid tribute to Mr Amess.“Violence, intimidation and threats will never prevail over the tireless work of public servents like David, simply doing his job.”Sign up to our breaking news email alerts here. Let’s not forget the banner at Tory conference saying “We only have to be lucky once” - seems rather ominous now doesn’t it. The violent rhetoric of the left must end. That includes referring to one’s opponents as ‘scum’ which Labour seems to tolerate from Shadow Ministers.