Sir David Amess: Slough & Royal Borough figures pay tribute

AN OUTPOURING of tributes from Slough and Royal Borough figures has followed the tragic death of Conservative MP Sir David Amess.

The heartbreaking news of the death of the member of Parliament for Southend West in Essex, Sir David Amess, has prompted tributes to be made nationally.

It has been reported Sir David was stabbed “multiple times” as he met constituents at a regular surgery today.

It is understood a man has been arrested while a heavy police presence remains at the scene.

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Since the awful news, tributes have been pouring in nationally. Slough and Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM) figures have joined those in paying tribute to Sir David.

Former Prime Minister and Maidenhead representative Theresa May wrote: “Heartbreaking to hear of the death of Sir David Amess. A decent man and respected Parliamentarian, killed in his own community while carrying out his public duties. A tragic day for our democracy. My thoughts and prayers are with David’s family.”

The leader of RBWM, Cllr Andrew Johnson added: “Absolutely terrible and tragic news about the death of Sir David Amess MP. A dedicated and hardworking public servant senselessly murdered whilst he carried out his duty as an elected representative. My sincere condolences to his family and friends over their tragic loss.”

Meanwhile, in Slough, council leader James Swindlehurst tweeted: “Shocked to learn of the death of David Amess MP as he carried out his constituency duties hearing residents’ concerns at one of his surgeries. My thoughts and sympathies at this awful time are with his family, friends, and staff.”

Slough’s MP Tan Dhesi said he was “numbed” over his colleague’s death, adding: “Given he’s not the first MP to be attacked so brutally while serving his constituents, I really hope that we can all move to eradicate the hatred, abuse, and bile that is infecting our public discourse.

“We must learn to respect different opinions and increase compassion in our polity.

“Will miss his smile and sense of humour. My heartfelt condolences to his family. May he RIP.”

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And, the leader of the Slough Conservatives, Cllr Wayne Strutton, wrote: “Such sad and devastating news that Sir David Amess has passed away.”

Adding: “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, close colleagues, and all who knew him as one of the true gentlemen of politics! He will be greatly missed!”

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