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SIR DAVID AMESS: Southend will become a city in tribute to murdered MP Sir David Amess


Southend will be granted city status as a tribute to Sir David Amess, Boris Johnson announced as he paid tribute to one of the “nicest, kindest and most gentle” MPs.

The Prime Minister said the Queen had agreed to the move following the years-long campaign by the Southend West representative, who was murdered during a surgery for his constituents.

Leading tributes in the Commons on Monday, Mr Johnson praised the politician, who “simply wanted to serve the people of Essex” as a backbench Conservative.

He vowed that the “contemptible act of violence” that took Sir David’s life on Friday would not “detract from his accomplishments as a politician or as a human being”.

Noting the MP’s tireless campaign to get city status for the Essex seaside town, the Prime Minister said he was “happy to announce that Her Majesty has agreed that Southend will be accorded the city status it so clearly deserves”.

Mr Johnson added: “Sir David was taken from us in a contemptible act of violence striking at the core of what it is to be a member of this House, and violating both the sanctity of the church in which he was killed and the constituency surgery that is so essential to our representative democracy.

“But we will not allow the manner of Sir David’s death in any way to detract from his accomplishments as a politician or as a human being.

“Sir David was a patriot who believed passionately in this country, in its people and in its future. He was also one of the nicest, kindest and most gentle individuals ever to grace these benches.”

People who live in the constituency in Essex served by Sir David Amess have been paying tribute to the MP following his murder at the end of last week. Sir David's parliamentary colleagues have joined in paying their respects.

Sir David was subject to an attack while holding a surgery to hear his constituents' problems and died after sustaining multiple stab wounds. The tragic event comes just a few short years after the murder of fellow MP Jo Cox and re-raises questions around keeping public officials safe.

As it stands, key players in the House of Commons, like Home Secretary Priti Patel, are offered security whereas ordinary MPs aren't - BUT this could all change in new measures being considered by ministers.

After the attack last Friday, police were said to be contacting all parliamentarians to check on their security - with the home sec saying this wont mean an end to MPs being accessible to the public.

For more updates on Sir David Amess’s death, click here.

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