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Sir David Amess: Boris Johnson joins Priti Patel and Keir Starmer to lay flowers at church where MP was murdered


BORIS Johnson has today paid a sombre visit to the church where Sir David Amess was murdered to lay flowers.

The Prime Minister was joined by Priti Patel and Sir Keir Starmer in a rare show of cross-party union during the visit, which comes less than 24 hours after the MP was killed.

Boris Johnson has laid flowers in memory of Sir David Amess today
The PM was joined by Priti Patel and Sir Keir Starmer

Sir David was meeting with constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when he was stabbed up to 17 times, according to reports.

A 25-year-old British national of Somali origin was arrested on suspicion of murder.

He is being quizzed by counter terror cops today and is feared to have been inspired by Islamic extremism.

It’s understood the suspect lived in Sir David’s Southend West constituency after his family came to the UK from the war-torn East African country in the 1990s.

He reportedly booked a slot at the surgery to speak with the MP.

Police aren’t looking for anyone else in connection with their investigation.

Mr Johnson last night led tributes to married dad-of-five, describing him as a “much-loved friend and colleague”.

Mr Johnson said: “All our hearts are full of shock and sadness today at the loss of Sir David Amess MP, who was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and the whole of the United Kingdom.

“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we have lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague.”

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