We are completely devastated by the senseless death of our much loved friend and colleague, Sir David Amess MP. He was one of the nicest and most charming people you could ever meet, as the outpouring of tributes this afternoon has shown. He lost his life doing the job he loved - serving his constituents, a role he performed with distinction for nearly four decades.
My thoughts, and those of the entire Conservative Party, are with David’s family, loved ones and colleagues as they come to terms with this shocking loss.
The Rt Hon Oliver Dowden CBE MP
Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party