Inside life of Sir David Amess after Tory MP tragically killed in knife attack

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Sir David Amess, who died today, was a long-serving Conservative MP who in his long career represented the constituencies of Basildon and Southend West.

One of the longest standing parliamentarians in the UK, he served as Basildon's representative from 1983 to 1997, when he became MP for Southend West.

He was killed today in a knife attack in his constituency surgery before a man was earlier arrested.

The father of five is survived by Julia Arnold, who worked for him part-time as a caseworker.

Sir David was born in 1956 in Plaistow, Essex, now in the east London borough of Newham, and attended what is now part of Bournemouth University.

Upon graduating he worked in a variety of jobs, including as a recruitment consultant, before contesting the safe Labour seat of Newham North West in 1979, kicking off his political career.

He gained his first seat in 1983 when incumbent MP for the constituency of Basildon, Harvey Proctor, moved over to Billericay for that year's election, with Amess nominated to take his place.

2015 Mr Amess was named as a member and co-chair of the bill committee for the then-government's Psychoactive Substances Bill.

Amess had a number of big successes in his political career, including sponsoring both the Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act in 1988 and the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act in 2000, both of which are in his name in the statute book.

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The former stemmed from Amess's hatred of animal cruelty and prevented any kind of tethering of horses or donkeys that could cause them unnecessary suffering. The latter bill made big strides in tackling fuel poverty.

Amess's daughter Katie Amess, 36, is an actress and model. She has appeared in 'Captain America: Civil War', and CBS's 'Bull', and 'Criminal Minds Beyond Borders'. She won the Miss Essex beauty pageant in 2008 before going on to feature in a number of adverts.

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