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LONDON: Tributes have been paid to Sir David Amess, the British Conservative MP murdered in his own constituency as he met members of the public, a year after his death.

Amess, a father of five and MP for over four decades, was stabbed in the Essex town of Leigh-on-Sea on October 15, 2021.

Ali Harbi Ali, a 26-year-old British Daesh supporter, “showed no remorse or shame” as he was convicted of the murder and a separate offense of preparing terrorism on April 13, 2022, and handed a rare set-life sentence for a crime the presiding judge said “strikes at the heart of democracy.”

Messages have come in from across the UK’s political divides, including Prime Minister Liz Truss, her predecessor Boris Johnson – who said Sir David’s legacy ‘shines brightly’ – and the leader of the main party opposition Labor Party, Sir Keir Starmer.

Truss tweeted: ‘On the anniversary of the death of Sir David Amess, we cherish his memory and remember his enormous contribution to politics, to the people of Southend and to the country.

“My thoughts today are with his wife Julia, the Amess family and all who knew and loved him.”

Johnson tweeted: “On this sad anniversary of the death of Sir David Amess, we remember the many good things he stood for: campaigns for animal welfare, city status for Southend and independence for a sovereign parliamentary democracy.”

Sir Keir tweeted: “In remembrance of our friend and colleague David Amess, on the 1st anniversary of his senseless death.

“David’s commitment to public service, carried out with an inherent and consistent kindness, will forever be admired. Thinking of his wife and children, hoping the memories of him bring comfort.

MP Priti Patel, Home Secretary at the time of Sir David’s murder, said: ‘A year ago today Sir David Amess, my dear friend, was murdered. David was an exceptional public servant full of kindness, energy and integrity. He was killed serving the public in a senseless attack on democracy.

Brendan Cox, husband of Labor MP Jo Cox, who was shot and killed by a far-right gunman in 2016 while meeting constituents, paid his own tribute to Sir David.

Cox tweeted: “A year ago David Amess was killed trying to help his constituents. So much has happened in our politics since then, but for his family, it will be like yesterday.

“The grief, pain and shock will always be overwhelming. They deserve all the support and kindness we can give them.

Sir David’s hometown of Southend in Essex became a tribute town for the late MP in October 2021, and he was posthumously named its first freeman in March this year.

A campaign is underway to make the city Britain’s next City of Culture, still in his memory. “What better legacy than for us to fulfill his dream and make us not just a city, but a city of culture,” MP Anna Firth, his successor, told the BBC.


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