James Heappey Burnham-On-Sea MP

Burnham-On-Sea’s MP has paid tribute to Essex MP Sir David Amess who died yesterday after being stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery.

Police said a 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the attack at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Giving his reaction to the drath, Burnham’s MP James Heappey says:  “I didn’t know David as well as many of my colleagues will have done. But I knew him well enough to know he was one of the kindest and most genuine people in Parliament.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends, staff and colleagues who knew him best.”

“But there by the grace of God go all of us. We sit in libraries, churches and community centres hoping to help constituents who need us. “

“Tweaks to security might be necessary but nothing can fundamentally change: Those surgeries are foundations on which service as MP is delivered.”

Sir David, 69, had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. He is the second serving MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.

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