A TORY MP has died after being stabbed at his constituency surgery in Essex, Police have confirmed.
Sir David Amess, 69 who had been an MP since 1983 represented the Tory seat of Southend West. He was holding a surgery in a Church when the deadly attack took place.
Essex Police arrested a male suspect aged 25 at the scene and said they are not looking for any other suspects, and praised members of the public for their response after the incident at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
Tory sources told Politicalite that there has been a call with House of Commons Security and a briefing was setup with Home Secretary Priti Patel following the incident.
Eyewitnesses said that a man ran into the church in the last hour, before the MP was stabbed “several times”.
A massive Police response descended on the Church with Armed Cops swooping at the surgery.
Councillor John Lamb, who was at the scene, said the MP had not been taken to hospital but medics were “working on him all that time” within the church building.
He told Politicalite: “He’s a family man, he’s got four daughters and a son.”
“He’s always trying to help people and especially refugees he’s tried to help.”
“He’s a very amicable person and he does stick by his guns, he says what he believes and he sticks by it.”
Carrie Johnson, the wife of the Prime Minister said the killing was “Absolutely devastating”
“He was hugely kind and good. An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.” she added.
Essex Police said in a statement: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a man was stabbed in #LeighonSea.”
“We were called to Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm. Sadly, a man later died.”
“A man was arrested at the scene. We are not looking for anyone else.”