British lawmaker stabbed

By Melissa Mahtani, Aditi Sangal, Melissa Macaya and Meg Wagner, CNN

Updated 6:30 p.m. ET, October 15, 2021
5 Posts
Sort byDropdown arrow
10:32 a.m. ET, October 15, 2021

Here's where the stabbing happened

From CNN's Jo Shelley, Rob Picheta and Amy Woodyatt

British lawmaker Sir David Amess, a Member of Parliament who represented Southend West in Essex, was stabbed at around midday by a man who walked into a meeting with voters from his electoral district that was being held in a Methodist Church, a witness at the scene told Reuters.

Essex Police said in a statement: “A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea. We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October).

We attended and found a man injured. He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene. A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered. He is currently in custody. We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.” 

Here's where the incident took place:

10:26 a.m. ET, October 15, 2021

British lawmaker David Amess dies after being stabbed

Emergency services are at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, on October 15.
Emergency services are at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, England, on October 15. Nick Ansell/PA/AP

British Conservative lawmaker David Amess has died after being stabbed multiple times at a constituency meeting east of London.

"He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene," Essex police said, Reuters reported.

"A 25-year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered."

Amess, 69, who represents Southend West in Essex, was stabbed at around midday by a man who walked into a meeting with voters from his electoral district being held in a Methodist Church, a witness at the scene told Reuters.

The incident was met with shock from lawmakers across Britain's political spectrum. It comes five years after Jo Cox, a Labour MP, was murdered in her constituency by a far-right extremist, days before the UK's referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

10:06 a.m. ET, October 15, 2021

UK lawmaker David Amess is not known for being a controversial figure

From CNN's Jennifer Hauser

UK Police confirm they have arrested a man in connection with the stabbing of lawmaker Sir David Amess.

The Conservative MP was stabbed several times today at a Methodist Church in his electoral district.

Amess is not known for being a controversial figure.

He has been an active MP in Parliament, sponsoring bills including the Abortion (Amendment) Bill (1996-7), the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act (1988) and the Warm Homes Bill, which passed into law in December 2000 as the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act.

He was first elected to Parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood for election in Southend West in 1997, according to his website.

10:19 a.m. ET, October 15, 2021

British lawmaker David Amess stabbed at meeting in his electoral district

From CNN's Jo Shelley, Rob Picheta and Amy Woodyatt

David Amess is pictured in London on May 25.
David Amess is pictured in London on May 25. Amer Ghazzal/Shutterstock

A British lawmaker in Prime Minister Boris Johnson's ruling Conservative Party has been stabbed several times at a meeting in his constituency, east of London.

David Amess, 69, who represents Southend West in Essex, was stabbed at around midday local time at a meeting being held at a Methodist Church by a man who walked into a meeting with voters from his electoral district, a witness at the scene told Reuters.

Essex Police said in a statement on their website they were "called to reports of a stabbing" in the Leigh-on-Sea area Friday. They said a man had been arrested at the scene and taken into custody. A knife was also recovered from the area.

The Westminster office of Amess confirmed that the member of Parliament had been stabbed.                   

"A man's been arrested following an incident in #LeighonSea," Essex Police wrote in a tweet. "We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm. A man was arrested shortly after & we're not looking for anyone else."

The incident was met with shock from lawmakers across Britain's political spectrum. The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, wrote on Twitter: "Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff."

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan added: "Truly awful news. My thoughts and prayers are with David Amess MP, his family, staff and the community at this incredibly difficult time."

It comes five years after Jo Cox, a Labour MP, was murdered in her constituency by a far-right extremist, days before the UK's referendum on whether to leave the European Union.

That incident stunned the country and led to some calls for lawmakers to receive personal protection when in public.

This is a developing story and this post will be updated with the latest details.

9:55 a.m. ET, October 15, 2021

Man arrested in connection to stabbing of British lawmaker

From CNN's Shelley Jo

Police confirm they have arrested a man in connection with a stabbing today in Essex, UK. 

“A man's been arrested following an incident in #LeighonSea,” Essex police wrote in a tweet. “We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm. A man was arrested shortly after & we're not looking for anyone else.” 

PA Media reports a British lawmaker, Conservative MP Sir David Amess, was stabbed several times earlier today.