Joint statement from faith leaders following killing of Sir David Amess MP

Faith leaders from across Greater Essex have issued a joint statement following the killing of Southend West MP Sir David Amess:

“The tragic killing of Sir David Amess MP on Friday has left the communities of Leigh-on-Sea, Southend, and across Essex with a sense of disbelief that such a shocking event could happen in our midst.

“Sir David had a strong Roman Catholic faith, and faith leaders across Southend and Essex led prayers on Friday and over the weekend for him, his family and the community.

“We were also shocked by this terrible event, but as faith leaders we are here to help people come to terms with this terrible tragedy.

“Sir David died doing something he loved and which was so integral to how he went about the businesses of being an MP – listening to and helping his constituents at a constituency surgery.

“One of the key tenets of our democracy is accessibility of our elected representatives and we must do all we can to protect this and protect the safety of those who are elected to represent us.

Southend and Essex will be united this week in our grief, but also united in our resolve that we stand against violence and those who act against the values we share across our communities.

“We echo the words of Sir David’s family, who asked people to set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all. This is the only way forward. Set aside hatred and work towards togetherness. Whatever one’s race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand.

“Our sincere condolences, prayers and thoughts go to all his family, friends and colleagues.”

From:

The Right Reverend Roger Morris, Bishop of Colchester

Ayman Syed, general secretary of Chelmsford Muslim Society

Salim Wali, trustee from the South Essex Islamic Trust

Mick Ferris

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