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UK MP David Amess stabbed during meeting with constituents

A British MP was stabbed several times during a meeting with his constituents at a church in eastern England.

It is understood that 69-year-old David Amess, a Conservative, is receiving treatment at the scene. Amess’s condition is unclear.

Reports said a man walked into Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, south Essex, where Amess was holding a surgery with locals, and attacked the politician.

Police said one man was arrested and that they were not looking for anyone else.

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

Amess has been a member of Parliament for Southend West, which includes Leigh-on-Sea, since 1997, but has been a lawmaker since 1983.

His website lists his main interests are “animal welfare and pro-life issues.”

Violence against British politicians is rare, but in June 2016 Labour Party lawmaker Jo Cox was fatally stabbed and shot in her northern England constituency. In 2010, Labour lawmaker Stephen Timms survived a stabbing in his constituency office.

Officials from across the political spectrum hoped for Amess’s recovery.

Conservative Zac Goldsmith tweeted: “All my thoughts with David Amess and his family. A wonderful, kind and caring man. Awful, awful news.”

“Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff,” said the leader of the opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer.

Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Sending my thoughts and prayers to David Amess, his family and friends. Such shocking and terrible news.”

The Jo Cox Foundation tweeted that it was “horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP. We are thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.”

Ed Davey, leader of the Liberal Democrats, said: “Sending my thoughts and prayers to David Amess, his family and friends. Such shocking and terrible news.”

The Jo Cox Foundation tweeted that it was “horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP. We are thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.”

(Aljazeera)

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