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Green Party statement on the death of Sir David Amess MP

The Green Party has expressed its deepest sympathies to the family of Sir David Amess following the news of his death.

Green Party co-leader Carla Denyer said:

“It is truly awful to hear of the death of Sir David Amess today. My deepest sympathies are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.

“It is an essential part of our democracy that politicians are able to meet with their constituents and we must find a way to make sure they can do so safely.”

James Vessey-Miller, coordinator of the South East Essex Party said:

“It’s taken me a while to process this news, but it is shocking to hear that one of our local MPs, Sir David Amess has been killed whilst at a community surgery within his constituency this morning. The circumstances surrounding the incident are still unclear, and it would be inappropriate to comment until details are confirmed by police. This is undoubtedly a horrendous attack on our democracy.

“Most of my many interactions with David over the years were surrounding finding common ground on issues that he and I felt passionately about in bettering our communities. Regardless of politics, David was a dedicated public servant, a diligent MP, and a much-respected figure in our community. His loss is heartbreaking for many people in our town.

“David went to work this morning and was killed doing his job; a job he dedicated his life to; A job he loved. My thoughts are with Julia his wife, his family and children, and the many others who knew him well. My sincerest condolences.”

The Green Party will be suspending all campaigning in the town for two weeks out of respect.

UPDATE 17.10.2021

The Green Party have announced that we will not be standing a candidate in the forthcoming by-election in Southend West.

Local Green Party members feel that we should honour the precedent established following the death of Jo Cox MP in 2016, and out of respect not stand. This decision has been supported by the national Green Party.
It is also understood that other political parties will not be contesting the seat either.

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