A British MP for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party was stabbed to death in a church on Friday by a man who attacked him at a meeting with voters in his electoral district.
David Ames, 69, Member of Parliament for Southend West in Essex, eastern England, was targeted around noon at a meeting at Belfair Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
Armed police entered the church and said that a man had been arrested. Police said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
Emergency services fought inside the church to save his life, but in vain.
“He was treated by emergency services, but sadly he died on the spot,” police said.
“A 25-year-old man was immediately arrested and a knife was recovered after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder.”
Colleagues across Parliament expressed their shock and paid tribute to AIIMS, who held regular meetings with voters on the first and third Fridays of the month, saying that he was diligent in his duties in his local area.
Ames, married with five children, was first elected to parliament in 1983 to represent Basildon, and then ran for election in Southend West in 1997.
“He was stabbed several times,” John Lamb, a local councilor present at the scene, told Reuters.
The stabbing at a meeting with constituents echoes a 2010 incident when Labor MP Stephen Timms escaped stabbing in his constituency office, and the fatal shooting of Labor’s Joe Cox in 2016 just days before the Brexit referendum .
“Attacking our elected representatives is an attack on democracy itself,” Cox’s husband, Brendan, said on Twitter. “There’s no excuse, no justification. This is as funky as it gets.”
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