British lawmaker David Amess dies after being stabbed: Live updates
British lawmaker David Amess has died after he was stabbed several times today at a Methodist Church. Follow here for the latest.
The investigation into the fatal stabbing of MP David Amess will be led by counterterrorism officers, Essex Police chief constable Ben-Julian Harrington said in a statement at the Southend Police station.
"It will be for investigators to determine whether or not this is a terrorist incident," he added.
Amess died earlier today after being stabbed several times at a constituency meeting east of London.
United Nations spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told reporters at Friday’s daily briefing that the UN is “extremely saddened” by the death of UK lawmaker David Amess and that lawmakers need to be allowed to be free to work and not fear attacks.
“We obviously are extremely saddened by this murder, and I think…and express, of course, our condolences to his family, and as well as to the people and government of the UK. What is clear for us is that lawmakers need to be able to do their work, they need to go about doing their work – free from fear of attacks or murder or anything else – and that is a centerpiece of democracy,” Dujarric said.
MP David Amess was "loved and worked hard for his community,” local councillor John Lamb said Friday, speaking to CNN affiliate ITN.
Lamb, who also serves as vice chair of the Southend West Conservative Association, said it was "absolutely horrendous" that Amess was murdered while doing his "normal work" that he loved so well.
Amess was very much a "community MP" who "loved to come out and meet his residents," according to Lamb.
"He would pick up their problems ... and make sure he could get them sorted,” Lamb said.
Lamb painted the picture of a man "who was one to support the community," saying that he regularly attended local events for veterans and children among others.
He said he had a "very good working relationship" with Amess, clubbing together on efforts to get local town Southend-On-Sea recognized as a city.
"It didn't matter what your party was. If you went to him with a problem, he would help you. It didn't matter what culture you were; he would help you," Lamb added.