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Conservative MP Sir David Amess Biography, Wiki, Cause Of Death, Age, Career, Net Worth

Who was David Amess?

Sir David Amess (26 March 1952 – 15 October 2021) was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1983, first for Basildon and from 1997 for Southend West.

A long-term and vocal Eurosceptic, he supported Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum and had since been a supporter of Leave Means Leave, a pro-Brexit campaign. On 15 October 2021, he was stabbed several times while holding his constituency surgery, and later died at the scene.

Conservative MP David Amess stabbed in Essex attack

Conservative MP David Amess stabbed in Essex attack
Conservative MP David Amess stabbed in Essex attack

The Conservative MP Sir David Amess has been seriously injured after being stabbed multiple times while holding a constituency surgery, his office and police have said. A man has been arrested.

The veteran MP, who has represented Southend West in Essex since 1997, and was MP for Basildon from 1983 to 1997, was attacked at Belfairs Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Staff at Amess’s office said they did not know any further details and were awaiting updates.

In a statement, Essex police said a man had been arrested following an incident in Leigh-on-Sea.

They said: “We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Road North, Leigh-on-Sea, shortly after 12.05 pm today. Officers were on scene shortly after, arrested a man, and recovered a knife. He is currently in custody.

“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the wider public. We want to thank the public who alerted us to the incident so quickly.”

A man was reported to have walked into the constituency surgery and stabbed the MP a number of times. Paramedics treated Amess at the scene for a considerable time. An air ambulance later took off from the scene, but it was not known whether he was on board.

“He was stabbed several times,” John Lamb, a local councilor who was at the scene, told Reuters. “We’re not sure how serious it is but it’s not looking good.”

David Amess Biography, Wiki

David Amess has been a Conservative Member of Parliament for nearly forty years having first been elected for Basildon in 1983.  Despite exclaiming his love for Basildon, he moved to the neighboring seat of Southend West in 1997.  Amess was reelected in 2019 with a majority of 14,459.

Covering the small town of Leigh on Sea, and the west of Southend itself, this constituency was formerly represented by the Channon family in Parliament between 1918 and 1997.  It has a large London commuter population and has been held by the Conservatives ever since the Second World War.

Born in Plaistow in 1952, and raised as a Roman Catholic, Amess is socially conservative. He attended St Anthony’s Junior and Infant School, then St. Bonaventure Grammar School (now St Bonaventure’s Catholic Comprehensive School) in Forest Gate, and then Bournemouth College of Technology, where he earned a BSc degree with honors in Economics and Government.

Before becoming an MP, Amess taught at the St John the Baptist Primary School in Bethnal Green for a year from 1970 and then spent a short time as an underwriter before becoming a recruitment consultant.

Amess supported Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum. Strongly anti-abortion, he has also long been an opponent of fox hunting and is a keen campaigner for animal welfare.

He is married with five children and employs his wife as a part-time caseworker.

Amess supported Dominic Raab in the 2019 Conservative leadership election.

During his time at Westminster, he has sponsored a number of Bills including the Abortion (Amendment) Bill (1996-7), the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act (1988), and the Warm Homes Bill (2000).

He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Groups on Endometriosis; Fairs and Showgrounds; Fire Safety and Rescue; Food and Health; Liver Health; Maternity; Photography; the Olympic and Paralympic Games; the Maldives; and Bermuda.  He is Vice-Chair of the Groups on Epilepsy; Funerals and Bereavements; Japan; the British Overseas Territories; and Human Relevant Science.

David Amess Biography
David Amess
Full NameDavid Anthony Andrew Amess
Born26 March 1952
Plaistow, Essex, England
Died15 October 2021 (aged 69)
Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England
Cause of deathAssassination (Stab wounds)
Political partyConservative
Spouse(s)Julia Arnold
Children5, including Katie Amess
EducationSt Bonaventure’s Grammar School
Alma materBournemouth University
CommitteesChairmen’s Panel Committee (2001–present)
Health Committee (1998–2008)
Administration Committee (2015–2020)

David Amess Career

He contested the safe Labour Party seat of Newham North West at the 1979 general election, and the seat was retained by Labour’s MP Arthur Lewis. In 1982, Amess was elected as a councilor to the London Borough of Redbridge.

The incumbent Conservative MP for Basildon, Harvey Proctor, moved to Billericay in the 1983 general election, and Amess was selected to contest the Basildon seat, being elected to the Member of Parliament for Basildon on 9 June 1983. The Basildon seat was made up of all 8 wards in Basildon including the new town.

Amess continued to serve both as an MP and a local councilor until 1986 when he stood down from Redbridge Borough Council to concentrate on his Westminster seat. He held his Basildon seat narrowly at the 1987 general election, in part by developing a significant personal following.

After the election, Amess was appointed a Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Portillo, a position he held for ten years throughout Portillo’s ministerial career. Amess held his seat again at the 1992 general election, which was the first but vital sign that the Conservatives would unexpectedly win that election; the Basildon constituency was viewed as the make-or-break milestone.

Prior to the 1997 general election, there was a boundary review that divided the Basildon seat into two parts, which were added into two neighboring seats. At the time, Amess remarked that the Boundary Commission had ‘raped’ the town of Basildon by adding an extra seat there.

Given his small majority, the new Basildon constituency was almost certainly going to be gained by Labour. Amess thus decided to seek re-election elsewhere. In June 1995, Amess was selected for Southend West after the retirement of former Cabinet minister Paul Channon. He was consequently returned to Westminster again in 1997. Angela Evans Smith won the newly drawn Basildon seat for Labour by over 13,000 votes.

David Amess Wife and Children

David Amess was married to his wife Julia Arnold have one son and four daughters. Julia is a part-time caseworker for her husband. His son – also named David Amess – was jailed in 2005 for wounding with intent, having smashed a bottle of champagne over a man’s head in a nightclub. Their eldest daughter is actress Katie Amess. She publicly criticised her father’s stance on same-sex marriage after producing a film in support of gay rights in 2013.

David Amess Awards

  • Amess has created a Knight Bachelor in the 2015 New Year Honours for political and public service. He is a member of the Imperial Society of Knights Bachelor.
  • At the Dods Charity Champion Awards 2011 Amess won the Animal Welfare and Environment Champion award, in which he was recognized formally for his leading role in and commitment to animal welfare, and was presented with the award by John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, in the State Rooms of the Speaker’s House. The award is given to the Parliamentarian who has done the most to tackle issues concerning the welfare of animals and the natural environment.
  • Amess received the “Outstanding Achievement Award” at the Charity Champion Parliamentary reception hosted by Dods in 2012 in recognition for his lifetime commitment to charitable work.
  • He was nominated for the Policy Driver for Animal Rights Protection award at the Grassroot Diplomat Awards 2014 for his longstanding dedication to animal rights.

David Amess FAQ’s

Who was David Amess?

Sir David Amess (26 March 1952 – 15 October 2021) was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, he was a Member of Parliament (MP) from 1983, first for Basildon and from 1997 for Southend West.

How did David Amess die?

On 15 October 2021, Amess was stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery in Leigh on Sea Methodist Church. He was treated at the scene and later died from his injuries.

Who is David Amess’s wife?

David Amess was married to his wife Julia Arnold have one son and four daughters. Julia is a part-time caseworker for her husband. 

Who is David Amess’s eldest daughter?

Their eldest daughter is actress Katie Amess. She publicly criticized her father’s stance on same-sex marriage after producing a film in support of gay rights in 2013.

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