- A representative of the conservative ruling party in Great Britain was stabbed to death on Friday.
- Conservative David Ames was stabbed several times by a man when he met voters at a church in Lee-on-See in the east of England.
- Ames died without treatment.
The incident is said to have taken place during a citizens’ clinic in Essex County. Essex police have confirmed the arrest of a 25-year-old man. No more suspects were sought. So far, nothing is known about the background of the crime.
The Amaze office in London confirmed the call to police and emergency services. John Lamb, a local councilor, had previously described the situation as “very serious” before Amazon’s death was confirmed. Politicians from all political circles were shocked by the attack. After a knife attack on British conservatives, flags were hoisted at half-mast on Downing Street, the prime minister’s residence.
Although violence against British politicians is rare, concerns about the growing polarization in politics have grown in recent years. British MPs are protected by armed police inside parliament. But politicians in their constituencies have no such protection. The dates and locations of Amazon’s meetings with voters were posted on its website.
The case is reminiscent of the 2016 assassination of Labor MP Joe Cox. Cox was attacked by a right-wing militant during a public consultation in his constituency and died of his injuries. The assassination came just weeks before the Brexit vote.