Who is Sir David Amess’s wife Julia Arnold?
SIR David Amess was a minister who represented Southend West in Essex.
The Tory MP was described as a loving “family man”.
Julia Arnold is the wife of David Amess.
She works as a part-time caseworker for her husband.
Little is currently known about her and her professional background.
How many children does Sir David Amess have?
David Amess and Julia Arnold share five children together, a son and four daughters.
Katie Amess is an actress and a model.
She was born in July 1985 in Basildon, Essex.
She has studied Drama at Queen Mary University of London and the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London.
She has competed in a number of beauty pageants and was the winner of Miss Essex 2008 and Miss Earth in the same year.
She has also appeared as a host in television commercials and shows.
In 2013, she took had the role of Courgette in a musical parody Miserable Lesbians that attracted attention due to issues it raised.
After producing the film she publicly criticised her father’s stance same-sex marriage.
She appeared in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and in Bull the following year.
In 2017 she also appeared in Criminal Minds Beyond Borders.
The MP’s son is also named David Amess.
Back in 2005, the then 20-year-old was jailed after he smashed a bottle of champagne over a man’s head in a nightclub during an argument.
In December 2004, he was found guilty of wounding with intent, and the following year he was sentenced to four years behind bars.
The court heard Amess had been trying to impress a woman when the fight broke out but he later claimed it was in self-defense.
Sarah and Alexandra Amess
There is little known about the MP’s daughters Sarah and Alexandra.
The same goes for his other daughter.
What happened to Sir David Amess?
The MP for Southend West was meeting constituents at a regular surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, when he was stabbed.
Police were called to Eastwood Road North shortly after 12:05 BST on Friday, where they found Sir David with multiple injuries.
He was treated by paramedics but died at the scene.
Who is the suspect?
A 25-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder after officers arrived at the scene and a knife was recovered, Essex Police said.
Police have appealed for any witnesses or anyone with CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage to come forward.
Who was Sir David Amess?
Sir David, who was married with five children, served as an MP for 38 years, initially in Basildon from 1983, before representing Southend West from 1997.
Raised as a Roman Catholic, he was known politically as a social conservative and a prominent campaigner against abortion. He was also a committed campaigner on animal welfare issues, and supported a ban on fox hunting.
The 69-year-old was a Brexit supporter and vocal champion for the town he represented, particularly in his long-running campaign to make Southend a city. He launched a new bid last month, after a city status competition was announced to mark the Queen’s platinum jubilee next year.
While he was never a minister, he was a member of numerous Commons committees, including the Health and Social Care and Backbench Business Committee.
Born in Plaistow in east London in 1952, he went to school in London and taught at a school in the city. He was a recruitment consultant before becoming an MP.
He was knighted in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List for political and public service.
How have people reacted?
Flags are flying at half mast at Downing Street and tributes are coming in from across the political spectrum.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said “our hearts are full of shock and sadness” and that Sir David was “one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics”.
He had a record of “passing laws to help the most vulnerable” in society and “believed passionately in this country and in its future”.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said: “Today is a dark and a shocking day – the more so because heartbreakingly, we’ve been here before.”
He said that “informed by his faith, Sir David had a profound sense of public duty and he was highly respected and much liked across the Houses of Parliament, on all sides”.
And Brendan Cox, whose wife Jo Cox MP was murdered in 2016, said: “My thoughts and love are with David’s family. They are all that matter now.
“This brings everything back. The pain, the loss, but also how much love the public gave us following the loss of Jo. I hope we can do the same for David now.”
Outside of politics, Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols said Sir David’s death “creates a painful loss in so many lives”. He described the MP as someone who “carried out his vocation as a Catholic in public life with generosity and integrity”.