You may have heard already that Sir David Amess MP, the Member of Parliament for Southend West in Essex, was stabbed at a constituency surgery today and has sadly passed away. My thoughts right now are with the many people who loved him.
I would like to pay tribute to Sir David's many years of service to Southend and to the House of Commons. He was by all accounts a hardworking and dedicated constituency MP across his nearly forty years in Parliament. It is difficult to absorb his brutal murder, and I don't know that we will ever make sense of it.
I will send out the weekly newsletter that I was preparing for today at some point early next week. It will contain news of all of the meetings and events I attended as your MP this week, including two more coffee mornings with constituents. I will continue processing what happened today as more information becomes available, but whatever comes to light, I want to make it clear that I will not be deterred from these types of activities.
I will continue reaching out to constituents to hear your concerns and thoughts on the matters affecting you most. I will continue to be available to assist you with personal matters. I will continue to speak at and host events for my constituents. You deserve this engagement from your MP, and it seems the best tribute to my departed colleague, Sir David Amess, who lost his life in pursuit of that goal today.
Sarah Olney MP