Harlow MP Robert Halfon and fellow politicians pays tribute to friend and colleague Sir David Amess
News / Fri 15th Oct 2021 at 05:16pm
HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has paid tribute to his friend and fellow MP Sir David Amess who was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery in Leigh on Sea on Friday afternoon.
Mr Halfon said: “I knew David really well. We both went to Israel together. He helped me enormously as a candidate between 2000 and 2010 and then as an MP where he showed me enormous kindness.
“He was the kindest and most wonderful MP you could ever meet.
My thoughts and prayers are with David’s whole family.
Councillor Joel Charles, Deputy Leader of Harlow Council, has also paid tribute:
Cllr Charles said: “Harlow Council is shocked and deeply saddened to hear that Essex MP Sir David Amess has passed away from his injuries following an incident that took place at his constituency surgery earlier today. He was a kind and committed public servant who championed Essex in Parliament.
“Our thoughts are with Sir David’s family, friends and staff. We send our heartfelt condolences to them all.
“No one who stands as a politician should lose their life in such horrific circumstances, especially when they are in a role that is focused on standing up for the best interests of the community they serve.
“We stand united with Essex councils, first responders and all those on the front line committed to keeping the public safe in condemning this act of violence against a public servant.”
Roger Hirst, Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex, said: “This is a shocking and utterly despicable attack against somebody who was an outstanding MP and has worked tirelessly for their community for many, many years.
My prayers are with Sir David’s family at this incredibly difficult time. I also want to acknowledge the officers who attended the event for their bravery and courage.
“It is vital that we give the police all our support to ensure that they can do their job at this time. For anybody who has information please do not hesitate to contact the police.”
Essex Police needs anyone who saw anything or has CCTV, dash cam or doorbell footage to contact them.
If you have any information you can submit a report online at https://www.essex.police.uk or use the ‘Live Chat’ button to speak to an online operator between 7am-11pm.
Please quote incident 445 of 15 October.
You can also call Essex Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Certainly sad news for our County and Country and indeed humanity but especially those close to such a dedicated MP.