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The prime minister will lead tributes to Sir David Amess in the House of Commons on Monday after his family urged the public to “set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all” following his murder.

Politicians will be invited to share their memories of the Tory MP for Southend West, for at least two hours starting at around 3.30pm, after a morning of prayers and a minute’s silence at 2.30pm.

Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox who was murdered in 2016, spoke to the BBC ahead of the special session, commending Sir David’s family for their “amazing” statement which he said was “filled with dignity”.

Asked what needs to be done to prevent more public servants losing their life in this way, Mr Cox said Britain – particularly the media – needs to improve its response to terrorism. “What tends to motivate individuals who commit these kinds of attacks is a desire to divide our societies,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “which is why the statement from [Sir David’s] family is so effective because it denies terrorists what they want … they want that division so let’s give them togetherness.”

He added: “Let’s not put their pictures on the front pages of newspapers – we have to stop playing into their hands and being the inadvertent amplifiers of terrorism.”

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Brendan Cox urges UK public and media to improve terror response

Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox who was murdered in 2016, spoke to the BBC this morning, where he commended Sir David Amess’ family for their “amazing” statement which he said was “filled with dignity”.

Asked what needs to be done to prevent more public servants losing their life in this way, Mr Cox said Britain – particularly the media – needs to improve its response to terrorism. “What tends to motivate individuals who commit these kinds of attacks is a desire to divide our societies,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, “which is why the statement from [Sir David’s] family is so effective because it denies terrorists what they want … they want that division so let’s give them togetherness.”

He added: “Let’s not put their pictures on the front pages of newspapers – we have to stop playing into their hands and being the inadvertent amplifiers of terrorism.”

Cox said Amess’ family will ‘no doubt’ have been comforted by the British public’s ‘amazing’ response

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Sam Hancock18 October 2021 07:58

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Johnson to lead David Amess tributes in Commons

Boris Johnson is set to lead tributes to Sir David Amess in the House of Commons on Monday.

For at least two hours, politicians will be able to share their memories of the Conservative MP for Southend West after a morning of prayers and a minute’s silence at 2.30pm.

Speaker of the Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle will make a statement before the PM moves a motion for an adjournment, which will enable parliamentarians to open the tributes session, lasting until 5.30pm.

On Sunday evening, Sir David’s family described how their “hearts are shattered” after he was attacked while meeting constituents at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday.

In a statement published through the Metropolitan Police, his wife, four daughters and son said:

“Strong and courageous is an appropriate way to describe David. He was a patriot and a man of peace.

“So, we ask people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness.

“Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.

“As a family, we are trying to understand why this awful thing has occurred. Nobody should die in that way. Nobody.”

Sam Hancock18 October 2021 07:55

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