Sir David Amess MP has died after being stabbed at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea.
Police were called to Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea shortly after noon on Friday. Essex Police said in a statement that a 25-year-old man was arrested and that a knife was recovered. Police have said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident.
It is understood that Sir Ammes had been stabbed multiple times. The MP was treated at the scene, but sadly died.
Sir Amess had been the Member of Parliament for Southend West since 1997, and was previously the Member of Parliament for Basildon between 1983 and 1997. Sir David was 69 years old and married with five children.
Sir Amess was a prominent campaigner against abortion and was also well-known for his long-running campaign to win city status for Southend, during nearly forty-years as a backbench MP.
Since his death, tributes have quickly started to roll in on social media from public figures across political parties.
Health Secretary said he was ‘devastated to learn of Sir David Amess’ murder’, describing him as a ‘great man, a great friend, and a great MP’. Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy tweeted, “Finding it difficult to comprehend that David Amess has been murdered. Sending all my love to David’s family and friends. It’s unimaginable to think what they must be going through”.