Cardinal leads tributes to murdered Catholic MP

Cardinal Vincent Nichols has led the tributes to a Catholic MP who was stabbed to death today.

David Amess was killed while conducting his regular surgery at a church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Cardinal Nichols said: “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.”

The Cardinal said Sir David “carried out his vocation as a Catholic in public life with generosity and integrity”.

He said: “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.

“His untimely death is a great loss.”

Sir David, 69, was married with five children.

During his 38-year parliamentary career he campaigned against fuel poverty and for animal rights. In 2006, he established the All-party Parliamentary Group for relations with Holy See Group.

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