Sir David Amess was stabbed several times during noon on Friday by a hitherto unknown assailant. According to Sky News, 69-year-old Amess was treated on the spot, but the fight for his life was futile.
A Member took part in an event at a church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, East England. The attack took place while Amess was speaking to the assembled citizens. Police have already arrested a 25-year-old man in connection with the incident. It is not clear whether they are directly the perpetrators, but the police are not looking for anyone else.
The attack on Amessa is strongly reminiscent of the assassination of Labor MP Jo Cox a few days before the EU referendum in 2016. Cox was assassinated in her constituency by a British neo-Nazi serving a life sentence in prison.
In the United Kingdom, the protection of legislators over the hundreds of threats faced by MEPs has been addressed for a long time.
2021 – David Amess MP stabbed several times
2016 – Jo Cox MP stabbed to death
2010 – Stephen Timms MP stabbed twice
2000 – Andy Pennington, Assistant Member of Nigel Jones, stabbed to death in a constituency office
– Jim Pickard (@PickardJE) October 15, 2021
The British ambassador to the Czech Republic, Nick Archer, reminded on Twitter that the murdered deputy visited Prague last year. Sir David Amess fought for the inhabitants of his constituency, who were arrested in the Czech Republic and eventually cleared by a court.
Amess was one of the veterans of the island’s political scenes. He has been sitting in the House of Commons since 1983. He was a strong supporter of the United Kingdom’s departure from the EU.