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MPs pay tribute to Sir David Amess MP

18 October 2021

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Following the tragic death of Sir David Amess MP, the House of Commons paid tribute to Sir David on Monday 18 October. Sir David was Member of Parliament for Southend West and gave almost 40 years of continuous service as an MP.

Tributes in the House of Commons

The House of Commons met at 2.30pm, tributes started at 3.30pm after Home Office Questions.

Before the start of business, The Venerable Tricia Hillas, the Speaker’s Chaplain,  led Chamber Prayers. These were followed by a minute’s silence.

The tributes concluded at approximately 5.30pm after which Members of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords took part in service of Prayer and Remembrance for Sir David.

House of Commons Speaker

On Friday 15 October, following the news of Sir David’s death, the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, said:

‘I am shocked and deeply distressed by the killing of Sir David Amess. 

‘David was a lovely man, devoted to his family, to Parliament and his Southend West constituency. He was well-liked by Members and the staff alike, and during his almost four decades here, built a reputation for kindness and generosity.  

‘This is an incident that will send shockwaves across the parliamentary community and the whole country.  

‘In the coming days we will need to discuss and examine MPs’ security and any measures to be taken, but for now, our thoughts and prayers are with David’s family, friends and colleagues.’ 

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