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Politicians to hold one minute silence in memory of MP Sir David Amess

MP Sir David Amess was killed on Friday

Politicians will share their memories of MP Sir David Amess in the House of Commons today.

The Conservative MP was killed while carrying out a local constituency surgery in Belfairs Methodist Church, in Leigh-on-Sea, on Friday, 15 October.

Prayers and a minute’s silence will be held later today among politicians.

Thurrock Council have also postponed public meetings for the week as a mark of respect.

A spokesperson for the Council said: “This approach is supported by all Group Leaders and the Mayor of Thurrock as we stand united as a public service family at this incredibly difficult time.”

“Thurrock Council has offered its assistance and condolences to colleagues at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.

“Our thoughts are with Sir David’s family, friends and colleagues.”

A 25-year-old male was arrested on Friday after a man reportedly walked into the surgery and repeatedly stabbed Sir David. 

The 69-year-old was treated by paramedics but sadly died at the scene. 

A post mortem examination was carried out on Saturday, 16 October.

The knife used in the attack was recovered at the scene.

Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Dean Haydon has formally declared the incident as terrorism.

The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command is leading the investigation.

The suspect was subsequently further detained under section 41 of the Terrorism Act 2000 on the day of the murder and is now being detained at a London police station.

On Saturday, 16 October, detectives were granted a warrant of further detention at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, allowing them to keep the man in custody until Friday, 22 October, when the warrant expires.

Searches across three addresses in London have been conducted as part of the investigation. Police say one of these searches has concluded and the others are ongoing.

Detectives are urging any witnesses or anyone with information about this incident to contact police.

Anyone with information that could assist the investigation, please call police in confidence on 0800 789 321. 

Alternatively, anyone with moving footage or pictures is asked to submit them via the UK Police Image Appeal website

Sir Amess was serving as the MP for Southend West but he was originally born in Plaistow in Newham. He first ran to be an MP in the Labour safe seat of Newham North West in 1979 but was defeated.

He went on to serve as a councillor in Redbridge in 1982 and was elected as the MP for Basildon a year later. He carried out both roles until 1986 when he stepped down as a councillor. 

In 1997, he was elected as the MP for Southend West and had held the seat ever since. 

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