(ANSA) – LONDON, 18 OCT – A unanimous tribute, without distinction between parties, by a Parliament dressed in mourning. This is how the House of Commons recalled today in an extraordinary session Sir David Amess, a long-time Tory deputy killed on Friday with 17 stab wounds at the hand of a 25-year-old Londoner of Somali origin, Ali Harbi Ali, probably inspired by jihadist hatred, in Leigh-on -Sea, in Essex (southern England), during a traditional meeting with her constituents hosted on the premises of a Methodist church.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, opening the commemoration, spoke of a “tragic and senseless” murder, an act of “ignoble violence”, while he recalled his party comrade as a man of principles, but also of dialogue, “kind” in the difference of opinion. Words which were echoed in similar tones by those of the Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer as of exponents of all groups; against the backdrop of common calls for British democracy not to allow itself to be “intimidated” by violence and respond to the latter ambush in a spirit of unity, as after the killing of Labor MP Jo Cox in 2016.
Johnson then announced the queen’s signing under a provision in honor of the deceased for the promotion of her boarding school area, Southend, to metropolitan area status – a goal for which Amess had fought for years in the name of her legendary bond with. the territory of which he was a deputy and with the voters he loved to meet face to face constantly, as has been mentioned. An element that prompted the Prime Minister, the Minister of the Interior, Priti Patel, Keir Starmer and others to underline the need to strengthen the protection of elected representatives in their public meetings and against the threats of abuse on social media, while ensuring compliance with the British democratic tradition of “openness” and free access for voters to elected officials. (HANDLE).
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