A MEMORIAL plaque to the late Sir David Amess has been unveiled inside the House of Commons.
The wife of the long-serving Conservative MP unveiled the plaque in his memory at a ceremony attended by Commons Speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle Home Secretary Suella Braverman and Southend West MP Anna Firth.
Lady Julia Amess said: “We are hugely honoured that his legacy lives on in the Commons.”
However, she added: “Like so many of his friends, we miss his ready smile, ridiculous sense of humour and lifelong mission to brighten the most difficult of moments.”
Sir Lindsay said: “Sir David was one of the nicest, kindest people I have ever known – and I was lucky enough to call him a friend.
“We miss his cheerful interventions – extolling the virtues of his constituency of Southend West, which has finally been bestowed city status – so I am pleased we have been able to honour him in the chamber that he adored.”
The plaque has been installed just a couple of seats away from where he sat in the chamber. The shield it depicts has five red roses that represent Sir David’s children and his love of gardening, two talbot dogs that represent animal rescue – one of his key promoted causes – and Bournemouth University, his alma mater.
Sir David served as MP for Basildon in Essex from 1983 to 1997, before serving Southend West from 1997 until his murder at a constituency surgery in Leigh on 15 October 2021.
Anna Firth MP said: “It was an honour to witness the unveiling of Sir David’s memorial plaque.
“I hope that the people of Southend and the country can look upon it in memory of our most dedicated parliamentarian.”
Lady Amess added: “the Commons meant everything to David.
“He loved people and worked tirelessly to help anyone. He rarely took ‘no’ for an answer if he felt more could be done to help someone,” she added.
The shield in his memory joins plaques to other MPs killed during service, including Sir Anthony Berry, Airey Neave and Jo Cox.
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