UK Tory lawmaker David Amess fatally stabbed
A father of five, Mr. Amess first entered Parliament in 1983, when Margaret Thatcher led the Conservative Party. He first represented the Basildon headquarters in Essex, where his election solidified a wave of support for the Tories in that region. He changed constituencies to Southend West in 1997, a seat he held in every subsequent general election.
A Roman Catholic who campaigned against abortion, Mr. Amess was a social conservative and a staunch supporter of the British monarchy.
Members of the community gathered at a Catholic church on Friday evening where a mass was said for Mr. Amess. By this time, a small memorial for Mr. Amess had taken shape on the street past the church where he was attacked.
“He was a madman in particular who decided to take extreme measures,” said Alan Hart, a local councilor, who had consulted Mr Amess on several occasions and described him as a “brilliant” representative, although the two have not always done so. agree on policy.
Mr Hart said that while the attack was concerning, politicians must be able to organize intimate face-to-face gatherings with voters in the communities they represent. “We have a very healthy political scene in this country,” he said. “It is important that this accessibility continues.
Fears over the vulnerability of lawmakers increased after the attack on Ms Cox, who was shot and stabbed by a right-wing extremist during a meeting in her parliamentary constituency of West Yorkshire in northern England. The attack took place in the feverish days leading up to the Brexit referendum, and the attacker, Thomas Mair, an unemployed gardener, was sentenced to life in prison.
Ms Cox’s husband Brendan Cox reacted to news of the latest attack on Friday on Twitter. “Attacking our elected officials is an attack on democracy itself,” he wrote. “There is no excuse, no justification. It’s as loose as it gets.