Sir David Amess MP - Rest in Peace
I am utterly horrified and shocked to learn of the murder of Sir David Amess, MP first for Basildon and then for Southend West, who was rushed to hospital after being stabbed while conducting a constituency surgery but has died from his injuries.
Similar attacks have been made on MPs of all parties - the most recent and most similar tragedy was when Jo Cox MP was killed while attending a constituency surgery.
I knew David Amess slightly from my time as a Conservative activist in the East of England Region.
Regardless of what you thought of his politics, he was a nice man who worked hard for his constituents - and he was working on behalf of those constituents when someone murdered him.
All MPs take the risk that something like this could happen to them.
CCHQ has instructed that all Conservative campaigns should be suspended until further notice as a mark of respect and so we can be assured that the campaign workers who would have taken part are safe. I presume other parties will take similar action.
My thoughts and prayers are with David's family and friends.
Rest in Peace.