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Fire Sector Federation pays tribute to Sir David Amess MP

26 October 2021

THE FIRE Sector Federation has paid tribute to Sir David Amess MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fire Safety and Rescue, who was stabbed multiple times on Friday 15 October while holding a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea. Tragically, Amess – who had served diligently as the Conservative Member of Parliament for Southend West from May 1997 – passed away at the scene.

In a statement issued on the organisation’s website, the Fire Sector Federation observes: “It is with profound regret that the chairman announces the sudden and tragic loss of Sir David Amess MP. Sir David fell victim to a fatal knife attack in his constituency at Southend West in Essex. Many Federation members will recall from our Parliamentary event meetings and listening to Sir David that he was a great supporter for the improvement of fire safety in the UK. His presence and advocacy in many debates, through meetings and correspondence with Parliamentary ministers and his colleagues in both Houses of Parliament, was frankly unlimited. Our thoughts go to his family and friends at this distressing time.”

Born in 1952, Amess had served as the MP for Basildon from June 1983 through until April 1997. Previously, he had studied Economics and Government at Bournemouth University. He was elected as a Conservative councillor for Redbridge in 1982 and as the Conservative MP for Basildon in 1983.

When in Government, Amess’ highest position was as Parliamentary Private Secretary to Michael Portillo for 12 years. He was particularly prominent as a backbencher, serving on many Parliamentary Select Committees and sponsoring several pieces of legislation.

A 25-year-old British citizen by the name of Ali Harbi Ali was arrested at the scene of Amess’ stabbing on suspicion of murder and later detained under the Terrorism Act. On Thursday 21 October, Ali Harbi Ali was charged with murder and preparing terrorist acts.

The team members at Fire Safety Matters send our sincerest condolences and sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Sir David Amess MP.

*The Fire Sector Federation has opened a book of condolence such that people can pay their respects to (and share their memories of) David Amess MP. The book can be accessed online at this link: www.tolbc.com/SirDavidAmess