British Prime minister Boris Johnson paid tribute to murdered MP Sir David Amess late Friday, calling him one of the kindest, and most gentle people in politics.
After returning to 10 Downing Street from a cabinet awayday meeting in Bristol, Johnson spoke in a video on Twitter where he affirmed that ministers were “deeply shocked and heart-stricken” to hear the tragic news.
The attack took place as the ministers’ special meeting to discuss the upcoming COP26 climate change summit was beginning.
“I think 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,” said the prime minister.
All our hearts are full of shock and sadness at the death of Sir David Amess MP.
He was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics. pic.twitter.com/SIx6SZ1P3w
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) October 15, 2021
The prime minister said Amess had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable, whether the people who are suffering from endometriosis, passing laws to end cruelty to animals, or doing a huge amount to reduce fuel crisis suffered by people up and down the country.
“David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future. And we’ve lost today a fine public servant and a much-loved friend and colleague,” Johnson added. “Our thoughts are very much today with his wife, his children and his family.”