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Veteran Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after being stabbed at a meeting in his constituency in Essex.
A Conservative backbencher for nearly 40 years, the 69-year-old father of five entered Parliament in 1983 as the MP for Basildon.
He achieved totemic status within the Tory party for holding the constituency – which had been a classic swing seat – in 1992, but switched to nearby Southend West at the 1997 election.
Raised a Roman Catholic, he was known politically as a social conservative and as a prominent campaigner against abortion and on animal welfare issues.
He supported a ban on fox hunting, and was a patron of the Conservative Animal Welfare Foundation.
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He was also known for his championing of Southend, including a long-running campaign to win city status for the town.
In December 2019, he secured a debate in the Commons specifically on the campaign and told MPs: "I am not messing around.
"We have got it from the prime minister that Southend is going to become a city – and it will become a city."
A strong monarchist, he had called for a new statue of the Queen to mark her Platinum Jubilee.
He did not serve as a minister or hold as positions as a Conservative spokesman, but was instead known for his campaigning from the backbenches.
He was knighted in the 2015 New Year's Honours List for political and public service.