British MP dies after stabbing attack
Published: 10:05 PM, 15 October 2021
Veteran British Conservative MP David Amess has died after being stabbed at an event in his local constituency in southeast England, British media reported on Friday.
Police did not name Amess but said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea" and that the victim "later died".
A Conservative backbencher for nearly 40 years, Amess entered Parliament in 1983 as the MP for Basildon.
He achieved totemic status within the Tory party for holding the constituency - which had been a classic swing seat - in 1992, but switched to nearby Southend West at the 1997 election.
Raised a Roman Catholic, he was known politically as a social conservative and as a prominent campaigner against abortion and on animal welfare issues.
The 69-year-old father of five supported a ban on fox hunting, and was a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation.
Amess was also known for his championing of Southend, including a long-running campaign to win city status for the town. - AFP, BBC