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RIP David Amess, victim of an inability to protect public servants

David Amess (Photo: BBC) I am deeply shocked to hear about the death of Southend West MP David Amess. Attending an advice surgery in a Methodist Church within his constituency, Mr Amess was stabbed several times and later died of his injuries. I don't have the words to express how appalling this murderous act is. It's not the first time something like this has happened - we only have to cast our minds back five years to the equally horrific murder of Jo Cox. Stephen Timms was stabbed twice in 2010, while in 2000 Lib Dem MP Nigel Jones was attacked by a samurai sword. What all these attacks have in common is that they occured at, or just following, MPs' advice surgeries. Questions surely have to be asked about the safety of parliamentarians and their staff while conducting their community-based work. I have no idea what the motivations of Mr Amess's murderer were; no doubt we'll soon be enlightened. But in a sense they are irrelevant. No-one should be killed in a pub

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