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CONSERVATIVE MP Sir David Amess died after being stabbed multiple times at a meeting with constituents today.
A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after the Tory veteran was attacked during a constituency surgery in Essex.
The 69-year-old victim, who has been an MP since 1983, was fatally injured at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex at midday.
The father-of-five is the second sitting MP to be killed in such circumstances in recent years, following the death of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016 as she also attended a constituency surgery.
Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab tweeted that he was “heartbroken.”
TSSA transport union general secretary Manuel Cortes said: “This is shocking and dreadful news.
“David Amess, like all other MPs, was a public servant. No matter their party colours our elected representatives must be free to carry out their duties without fear or threat.”
And retail union Usdaw’s head Paddy Lillis added: “Our thoughts are with Sir David’s family and friends.
“His death will send shock waves throughout the political world and wider community.”
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