Commons to pay tribute to Sir David Amess

The business of the Commons will today be dominated by the tragic death of the Southend West MP, Sir David Amess, who was killed on Friday.

Eight MPs have previously been assassinated in the history of Parliament.  Five of those eight having been killed in the last 42 years alone: Jo Cox in 2016, Ian Gow in 1990, Sir Anthony Berry in 1984, Rev Robert Bradford in 1981, and Airey Neave in 1979.

With the Commons returning after the conference recess, the Parliamentary day will begin with specially crafted Commons prayers led by the Speaker’s Chaplain, the Venerable Tricia Hillas.  These will be followed by a minute’s silence.

After Home Office questions, the business on the floor of the Commons has now been rescheduled.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will now move a motion for the adjournment.   After the Prime Minister himself has spoken, MPs will then have the opportunity to make their own contributions paying tribute to Sir David.  These tributes are expected to end at 5.30pm

Sir David Amess was one of Westminster’s longest serving MPs having sat in the Commons continuously for 38 years.  Only four sitting MPs, Sir Peter Bottomley, Harriet Harman, Barry Sheerman, and Dame Margaret Beckett had a longer service record than Sir David.

After the Commons has adjourned, there will then be a procession led by the Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, to St Margaret’s Church on Parliament Square.  St Margaret’s is a 12th century church next to Westminster Abbey and is regularly referred to as the parish church of the House of Commons. A special service of Prayer and Remembrance for Sir David, open only to MPs and Peers, will then begin at 6pm.

On June 20th 2016, following the murder of Labour MP, Jo Cox, then Commons Speaker Sir John Bercow led a similar procession from the Houses of Parliament to a service in St Margaret’s Church.

Westminster Hall will not be sitting on Monday 18th October and its planned debates have been rescheduled.

In light of Sir David’s tragic death, a number of MPs, including Commons Speaker, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, have already lent their support to calls to honour Sir David Amess’s wish of making Southend-on-Sea a city.

The Commons is also set to pay tribute to the late Cabinet Minister, James Brokenshire, on Wednesday 20th October.

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