‘Traumatic memories’ Stabbing of Sir David Amess MP brings back horror of Jo Cox’s death

LBC: Eyewitness describes scene at David Amess stabbing

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On Friday, October 15, Sir David, 69, Conservative MP for Southend West, was attacked in Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea. Reports suggest a man walked into his constituency surgery and stabbed him multiple times.

Ms Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was killed after being shot and stabbed multiple times in the street in the village of Birstall, where she had been due to hold a constituency surgery in June 2016.

Thomas Mair was found guilty of her murder in November 2016 and sentenced to life imprisonment with a whole life order.

The Jo Cox Foundation posted a message about Sir David, which said: “The Jo Cox Foundation is horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP. 

“We are thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.”

Matt Reay, Labour Party activist in Corby, Northamptonshire said the horror attack on Sir David reminded him of Ms Cox’s death.

Mr Reay said: “Awful news that brings back such traumatic memories of Jo Cox.

“I am hoping that Sir David makes a full recovery & my thoughts are with him, his family and his colleagues in the Conservative Party.

“Attacking our elected representatives is abhorrent & has no place in our society.”

Local councillors have also paid tribute to Sir David after the horror incident.

Southchurch Councillor Dan Nelson tweeted: “The events in Leigh are truly shocking. I have no words.

“My thoughts and prayers are with Sir David.”

Former Basildon Mayor, David Burton-Sampson, has wished Mr Amess a speedy recovery.

On Twitter, he said: “Just heard the shocking news about Sir David Amess. Whatever your political views, no one should be attacked for simply doing their job.

“My thoughts are with him and his family and I wish him a speedy recovery.”


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