Jo Cox’s sister announces event in memory of the late politician
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Meanwhile the Jo Cox Foundation, the charity named in honour of the murdered Labour MP has said, has released a statement saying it is “horrified” at the tragedy. Ms Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was stabbed and shot to death days before the 2016 Brexit referendum. Thomas Nair, 53, was subsequently jailed for life for her murder.
There is no excuse, no justification. It is as cowardly as it gets
Her husband Brendan described the stabbing of Sir David as “as cowardly as it gets”.
He tweeted: “Attacking our elected representatives is an attack on democracy itself.
“There is no excuse, no justification. It is as cowardly as it gets.”
The Jo Cox Foundation tweeted: ” The Jo Cox Foundation is horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP.
The Jo Cox foundation has said it is “horrified” (Image: GETTY)
David Amess, pictured in 2015 (Image: GETTY)
“We are thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.”
Mr Amess, 69, the Tory MP for Southend West, was stabbed several times in a church by a man who walked into a meeting with voters from his electoral district, according to witnesses, with Essex Police subsequently confirming a man as died at the scene, with Express.co.uk understanding the victim to be Mr Amess.
Police said a man had been arrested after the stabbing.
Mr Amess’s office confirmed he had been stabbed but gave no further details.
Emergency services at the scene near the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on (Image: Reuters)
John Lamb, a local councillor at the scene, said: “He was stabbed several times.
“We’re not sure how serious it is but it’s not looking good.”
Mr Amess was first elected to parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood for election in Southend West in 1997.
A practising Catholic, his website lists his main interests are “animal welfare and pro-life issues.”
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Police at the scene in Leigh-on-Sea (Image: Southend)
The stabbing at Amess’ meeting with constituents has echoes of a 2010 case when Labour lawmaker Stephen Timms survived a stabbing in his constituency office
In a statement, Essex Police said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea.
“We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).
“We attended and found a man injured.
More pictures from the scene (Image: GETTY)
“He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene.
“A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.
“He is currently in custody.
“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”
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