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The killing of Conservative MP Sir David Amess has been declared a terrorist incident by police.

Sir David was stabbed multiple times at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex on Friday. The Metropolitan Police said there was "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism".

A 25-year-old British man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder, and police said they were not seeking anyone else over the death. As part of the investigation, officers are currently carrying out searches at two addresses in the London area, the Met said.

The force believes the man acted alone but inquiries into the circumstances of the incident are continuing.

Government sources have told the BBC the man is a British national who, from initial inquiries, appears to be of Somali heritage.

Sir David, 69, who represented Southend West, was holding a constituency surgery - where voters can meet their MP and discuss concerns - at Belfairs Methodist Church on Friday when he was attacked.

The Met said its counter-terrorism command was leading the investigation alongside colleagues from Essex Police and the Eastern Region Specialist Operations Unit (ERSOU).

Essex Police chief constable BJ Harrington said Sir David was "simply dispensing his duties when his life was horrifically cut short".

Following the attack, Home Secretary Priti Patel asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs "with immediate effect".

Ms Patel said the killing "represents a senseless attack on democracy itself", adding that "questions are rightly being asked about the safety of our country's elected representatives".

Sir David had been an MP since 1983 and was married with five children. He is the second serving MP to be killed in the past five years, following the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox in 2016.

House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle told BBC2's Newsnight that police were contacting all MPs to check on their security and reassure them following the killing of Sir David.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-58935372

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sarahb
2 minutes ago, pachinko said:

The British Prime Minister? Like the one who talks to The Queen of England like in The Crown? 

MP is Member of Parliament. You're thinking of PM

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Reputation King

Wow that’s awful! I feel so sorry for his family and friends. Rip :( 

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CannaeDrive

That kind of violence is unacceptable.

James Joyce to the man asking to shake the hand that had written Ulysses: “It’s done a lot of other things as well.”
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An awful crime. I watched some of the coverage last night. Nobody had a bad word to say about the man. He served as a backbench MP for 38 years, and by all accounts his main focus was on helping his constituents as best he could.

May he rest in peace.

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littlepotter

That is horrible, may he rest in peace.

What's the criteria for something to be classified as political assassination vs. terrorism?

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This has happened before as well. It was a far right person the other time that conducted the killing. Wonder what the motivation was here? Rest in peace.

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AnnaNicoleSmith

What has europe come to? A another beheading in france, it's like we are turning into the middle ages 

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