Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery.
Here is what we know so far:
– The MP was stabbed as he was hosting a constituency surgery.
- Essex Police said the response of the emergency services to the incident was immediate and officers arrived at the scene within minutes.
– A 25-year-old man was arrested immediately at the scene on suspicion of murder and remains in custody.
– Police said a knife was recovered.
- Home Secretary Ms Patel has chaired a meeting of the Police, Security and Intelligence Agencies to discuss the incident and the ongoing response
- Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Priti Patel returned to London from a regional Cabinet meeting in Bristol following the attack.
Who is the suspect?
- A 25-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder remains in police custody
- Police will examine his telephone to establish if there are links to extremism. Chief Constable Ben-Julian Harrington said: “It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this is a terrorist incident, but as always they will keep an open mind.”
- Police have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage to come forward.
– Detectives are not looking for any other suspects.
– There has been a wave of tributes for Sir David - including from Boris Johnson who said he was ‘one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics’, while former Conservative prime minister Theresa May said his death was “heartbreaking”, adding: “A tragic day for our democracy.”
- Tory veteran Sir David had been an Essex MP since 1983 and was married with five children.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge said they are “shocked and saddened” by the killing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess, adding their “thoughts and prayers” are with his family, friends and colleagues.
– Flags have been lowered to half-mast outside Parliament following Sir David’s death.
MP safety concerns
-Sir David's death echoes that of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016, who was fatally stabbed as she attended a constituency surgery. Brendan Cox, Ms Cox's widower, wrote on Twitter: "This brings everything back."
- Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, said there will need to be a discussion in the coming days around MPs’ security and any measures to be taken.