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The family of an MP knifed to death in an horrific attack while he carried out his duties inside a church hall have spoken out for the first time since the tragic incident unfolded.
Conservative MP Sir David Amess' family said they are “absolutely broken” by his death, adding in a statement: “As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. Nobody should die in that way.”
Sixty-nine-year-old politician and dad-of-five Amess, who represented Southend West in Essex, was holding a surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when an attacker allegedly stormed in and stabbed him 'multiple times'.
Emergency services including armed police and an air ambulance were scrambled to the scene in a bid to save his life, but Sir David tragically died of his injuries inside the church hall.
A man, named by Whitehall sources as Ali Harbi Ali, was reportedly arrested at the scene and remains in custody.
Sir David's family went on to say: “Strong and courageous is an appropriate way to describe David. He was a patriot and a man of peace.
“So, we ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness.
“Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand."
Tory MP Sir David Amess pleaded with Boris to tackle knife crime earlier this year
The Speaker of the House of Commons has called for politics to be kinder after the death of his colleague and friend Sir David Amess.
In an article for the Observer and Mail on Sunday, Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he does not want to see an end to face-to-face meetings with constituents and he urged the “hate” in politics to stop.
Sir Lindsay said: “If anything positive is to come out of this awful latest tragedy it is that the quality of political discourse has to change.
Sir David Amess: Man accused of stabbing Tory MP to death at church hall named
“The conversation has to be kinder and based on respect.
“This incident has shown that there is unity across the political divide in support of democracy.
“The hate, which drives these attacks, has to end.”
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