Statue of Sir David Amess unveiled on Southend seafront in honour of murdered MP

A statue of murdered Catholic MP Sir David Amess has been unveiled on Southend seafront in a ceremony attended by his family.

Sir David, who represented the Essex constituency from 1997 onwards, was stabbed to death at the age of 69 while meeting constituents at a church in October 2021.

He had long campaigned to give Southend city status, a goal that was achieved in 2022.

The life-size statue, positioned on a grass bank by Chalkwell Esplanade looking out over the estuary, was unveiled on Thursday.

Sir David’s widow, Lady Julia Amess, attended along with other members of his family.

Music at the ceremony was provided by two groups which Sir David was a keen supporter of – the Music Man Project, which teaches music to children and adults with learning disabilities, and the Orpheus Choir.

The event, which had a visible police presence, was also attended by Dame Priti Patel, who was home secretary at the time of Sir David’s death.

Former Tory MP and fellow Catholic legislator Ann Widdecombe also read out a statement on behalf of Sir David’s family.

It said: “David is hugely missed and as a family we are devastated by his loss, but events like today make us feel that he is with us forever and that his light remains.

“I and all my family thank you so much.”

The statue was unveiled by Andrew Rosindell, the Conservative MP for Romford, who described the late Southend West MP as a “true friend”.