A Member of the British Parliament since 1983 and the Conservative Party was killed on Friday in a church by a man who stabbed him at a gathering with voters from his constituent region.

Iran PressEurope: David Amess, 69, a member of parliament for Southend West in Essex, eastern England, was attacked at about midday at a meeting at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Reuters reported. 

He had first entered parliament in 1983 and been MP for Southend West since 1997. 
"A 25 year-old man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea," Essex Police said in a statement.  

The stabbing at a meeting with constituents echoed a 2010 incident when Labour lawmaker Stephen Timms survived a stabbing in his constituency office and the 2016 fatal shooting of Labour's Jo Cox just days before the Brexit referendum.


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