Sir David Amess: Rother Valley and Bassetlaw politicians pay tribute after Conservative MP stabbed to death at constituency meeting
Bassetlaw and Rother Valley politicians have paid tribute to a Conservative MP who has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery.
Sir David Amess, who represents Southend West in Essex, was fatally attacked shortly after midday on Friday at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
Essex Police said a man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Sir David, 69, was first elected to parliament in 1983 and represents Southend West in Essex. He leaves a wife and five children.
Alexander Stafford, the Rother Valley MP, said: “Today's news is absolutely devastating.
"I have known Sir David for almost 14 years, getting to know him when my first job from university was based in the office opposite his.
"He was always there with a smile and a keen wit, talking to everyone, and had a wonderful display of fish.
“More recently since my election in 2019, he has always been on hand to talk and guide me through Parliament offering me support and wisdom.
"He knew procedure backwards and felt the importance of the role of parliamentarians.
"One of the longest serving MPs, a committed Catholic, an advocate for Southend becoming a city and his end of term Adjournment Debates were legendary.
“You will not find a nicer more committed MP with a passion for his seat.
“Eternal rest, grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. Through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.”
Bassetlaw MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened to hear of today’s tragic events.
"Sir David was a kind and warm-hearted man who went out of his way to speak to people on issues that were important to them and always went about his business with a smile on his face.
"Rest in peace Sir David, you will be greatly missed.
"My thoughts and prayers are with Sir David’s family at this incredibly sad time.
Bassetlaw District Council leader Simon Greaves said: “Absolutely devastating to learn of the death of David Amess MP.
"A man who dedicated his life to public service.
"My thought are with his family and friends.”
District councillor for Worksop North East, Alan Rhodes, said: “So incredibly sad.
"He was an elected MP going about his duty meeting, speaking to and helping constituents at his constituency surgery.
"His death is an attack on our democracy and a tragedy for all those of us who believe in civic duty, kindness, compassion and decency. RIP.”
District councillor for Ranskill, Gerald Bowers, said: “I’m deeply shocked and horrified at the appalling murder of Sir David Amess MP.
"My deepest sympathy to his family and friends. RIP.”
He added that Bassetlaw Conservative Association has suspended weekend activities as a mark of respect.