#BreakingNews Pro-Life Catholic MP Sir David Amess Stabbed to Death in the UK - Cardinal Nichols says "This horrific attack..is an attack on our democratic process and traditions." FULL TEXT

Pro-life Catholic MP Sir David Amess has tragically died after being stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery.

Paramedics tried for two hours to save Sir David at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, but he died of his injuries.

Sir David, 69, leaves behind his wife Julia and five children. A 25-year-old man of Somali heritage has been arrested in connection with Sir David’s death.

UPDATE: BBC reports "The Metropolitan Police said there was "a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism".

Since his election in 1983, Sir David has worked relentlessly over the years, championing initiatives in Parliament to introduce more protections for unborn babies and more support for women facing crisis pregnancies.

Sir David was also a patron of the pro-life charity Right To Life UK. 

Sir David’s dedication to the pro-life cause is reflected in his voting record on life issues, which is matched by very few MPs. He turned up and voted pro-life to a total of 19 of the 20 votes that have been held in Parliament on life issues, included abortion and euthanasia, between 2007 and 2021.

Lord Alton paid tribute to Sir David Amess in a statement released this afternoon, saying: “It was with profound sorrow that I heard today of the murder of Sir David Amess MP, a longstanding friend and parliamentary colleague”.

“Notwithstanding all the good in the world, we still have the capacity to do truly evil things”. (See Video of Sir David on Religion)

STATEMENT from Cardinal Nichols: Requiescat In Pace » » Cardinal pays tribute to Sir David ...

Following the death of Sir David Amess MP as a result of a knife attack on Friday 15 October, Cardinal Vincent Nichols issued the following statement:

“The tragic death of David Amess creates a painful loss in so many lives. I pray for him that he be welcomed into the merciful presence of Our Heavenly Father. I pray for his family and friends, those reeling from shock at this time. I pray for his constituents all those who worked with him in his political career.

“This death throws a sharp light onto the fact that our Members of Parliament are servants of the people, available to people in their need, especially in their constituencies. This horrific attack, as David was undertaking his constituency surgery, is an attack on our democratic process and traditions.

“David carried out his vocation as a Catholic in public life with generosity and integrity. He served in Parliament for four decades and was respected by all political parties across the House. His untimely death is a great loss.

“David Amess, as a Catholic, understood the role and importance of the Holy See. It was he who, in 2006, established the All-party Parliamentary Group for relations with Holy See Group, a Group including people from different faiths and beliefs. Over the years he led several parliamentary visits to Rome. He was instrumental in the historic visit of Pope Benedict to Parliament in 2010 and in the return visit by HMG representatives to Rome in the following year. He fostered this mutually respectful relationship through meetings with Cardinal Parolin, the Pope’s Secretary of State, and with other Catholic leaders. This contribution is both esteemed and will be sorely missed.

“I pray for the repose of his soul. May he rest in peace.”

Cardinal Vincent Nichols
President, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

FULL TEXT Statement from the UK Bishops https://www.cbcew.org.uk/statement-on-the-death-of-sir-david-amess-mp/