Sir David Amess MP has died after being stabbed at a surgery in his constituency, police say.
Sir David, who represented Southend West in Essex, was attacked on Friday afternoon at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.
Sir David had been MP for Southend West since 1997 and first entered parliament in 1983
“A man has been arrested on suspicion murder after a man was stabbed in Leigh-on-Sea,” Essex Police said in a statement.
“We were called to an address in Eastwood Road North shortly after 12.05pm today (Friday 15 October). “We attended and found a man injured. “He was treated by emergency services but, sadly, died at the scene”.
“A 25 year-old man was quickly arrested after officers arrived at the scene on suspicion of murder and a knife was recovered.
“He is currently in custody.
“We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident.”
Tributes have been paid to the long-serving MP.
Conservative MP Tracey Crouch said she was “heartbroken”.
“I could write reams on how Sir David was one of the kindest, most compassionate, well liked colleagues in Parliament. But I can’t. I feel sick. I am lost,” she wrote on Twitter.
“Rest in Peace. A little light went out in Parliament today. We will miss you.”
Carrie Johnson, Prime Minister’s Boris Johnson’s wife, tweeted: “Absolutely devastating news about Sir David Amess.
“He was hugely kind and good. An enormous animal lover and a true gent. This is so completely unjust. Thoughts are with his wife and their children.”