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‘David Amess’ greatest legacy was love & pride he had being father and husband’

The language in Parliament and beyond has become more cutting and personal in recent years – as we remember David Amess as a man who died in the service of others we must also remember MPs are people with friends and family

Tributes have poured in for Sir David Amess after he was stabbed to death on Friday

Sir David Amess worked as an MP for almost 40 years.

He was a good one. Well-liked, passionate, engaged. Not just with the business of Westminster but with his constituency as well. He did important work, vital work. But by far his most important roles were elsewhere.

He was devoted to his animals, his friends – but above all, his family. We’ll remember his work in Parliament but his greatest legacy will be his love for his children and his pride in being a husband and a father.

MPs are public figures, open to scrutiny, criticism, sometimes scorn. That’s always been the way but in recent years it has taken an ugly form.



Sir David will be remembered as a family man and a great MP
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The Brexit debate raised temperatures, the language in Parliament and beyond has become more cutting, personal.

But these are people with friends and family. They are shaken by the ferocity, the vile nature of the threats.

The tragic death of Jo Cox was a warning that their safety was in jeopardy. Now another MP has died, another family shattered.

In coming days the truth about Sir David’s death will emerge. We will hear about his killer’s twisted ideology, his wicked justification for this senseless crime.



Sir David Amess with wife Julia Arnold and his two pugs Lily & Bo attending ‘The Westminster Dog Of The Year’
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Sir David’s family will live that dark day again and again. The police, so quick to respond on Friday, will build their case and this killer will meet justice.

For a family so torn by loss, that will offer nothing but a small comfort.

There is nothing but small comfort for them now. But however hard, they should hold on and remember Sir David with pride.

Remember that he was a good man, a decent and well respected man, who died like he lived: in the service of others.

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