Sir David Amess: Bucks figures pay tribute after Southend, Essex MP 'stabbed'
A Conservative MP has died after he was reportedly stabbed "multiple times" this afternoon, leading to an outpouring of emotion and tributes from figures across Bucks.
Sir David Amess, member of parliament for Southend West, in Essex, was reportedly attacked while holding a surgery today in his constituency.
Essex Police have since announced that a man has died following this incident. A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder.
Greg Smith, Conservative MP for Buckingham, has led the tributes, describing Sir David as "genuine, warm and welcoming."
He said: "Heartbreaking news about Sir David.
"Such a genuine, warm, welcoming man and committed Member of Parliament. Will miss him.
"May he rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers with his family and friends."
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In a separate statement, Mr Smith condemned the actions of the attacker.
He said: "The pure act of evil that has taken him away from us is truly unforgivable.
"My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. May he rest in peace, never forgotten."
Steve Baker, Conservative MP for Wycombe, described Sir David as 'good and kind.'
He said: "My team and I are devastated that Sir David has been killed serving his constituents.
"He was a good and kind man who offered me nothing but goodwill and support.
"Our hearts go out to his family and friends on this terrible day. May he rest in peace."
Sarah Green, Liberal Democrat MP for Chesham and Amersham, said her thoughts were with Sir David's family.
She said: "Awful news coming out of Southend this afternoon.
"My thoughts are with David Amess’ family, friends and staff."
Rob Butler, Tory parliamentarian for Aylesbury, hailed Sir David as a "superb" MP. He said: "I am utterly shocked at this absolutely terrible news.
"Sir David was a superb MP, respected and liked by his colleagues.
"While he will be greatly missed in Parliament, my thoughts and prayers today are with his family and friends."
The Beaconsfield Conservative Association paid its sympathies following the shocking incident.
The Aylesbury Conservative group also extended its thoughts to Sir David's family:
In Wycombe, 2019 Liberal Democrat candidate Toni Brodelle gave her sympathies. She said: "Appalling news. Thoughts are with David Amess and his loved ones."
Figures on Bucks Council were also quick to pay their respects, and express their shock.
Leader Martin Tett said: "Awful news about the stabbing and death of David Amess MP. Thoughts with his family.
Meanwhile, Cllr Mimi Harker described her "horror" at the news.
Other social media users have expressed their shock and sadness at the news.
One said: "Shocking news about Conservative MP David Ames. Praying for a quick recovery."
Another added: "I am sorry to hear that Tory MP David Ames has been stabbed. Best wishes for a healthy recovery to him and his family at this time.
The Bucks Free Press has reached out to other Buckinghamshire MPs for comment.
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