Politicians of all kinds must be able to work in safety
The whole political community is shocked by the murder of Sir David Amess the Conservative MP for Southend West. Giving almost 40 years of public service, Sir David was liked and respected across the whole house. He was known for his polite and happy approach along with a steely commitment to issues close to his heart such as animal welfare. Our thoughts are with his friends and family and with all elected official who will undoubtedly view the murder of another MP with deep concern and even worry.
The reasons for his murder and the changes to political life that will need to be made are for another day. For now we should remember the life of a man who stood up, stated his views, got elected, and then did the very job the public had asked him to do.