Sir David Amess

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ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned violence – regardless of political persuasion – after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death at his constituency surgery in Southend today.

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned violence – regardless of political persuasion – after Conservative MP Sir David Amess was stabbed to death at his constituency surgery in Southend today.

A statement issued by Mick Whelan, ASLEF’s general secretary, and Dave Calfe, ASLEF’s president, said: ‘Our thoughts, at this moment, are with the family of Sir David Amess. Five years ago Jo Cox was killed in a similarly brutal attack.

‘In our country, our politicians have always made a point of being available to help their constituents and it is shocking that Sir David, like Jo, has lost his life in this way.

‘Violence is the problem, not the solution. Whatever your political persuasion, and whatever your beliefs, politicians – like all people in this country – have the right to go about their business, and live their lives, without living in fear of being attacked.’