Amess’s championing of human rights was praised in a tribute left near the scene of the stabbing in Leigh-on-Sea.
The Labour party leader, Sir Keir Starmer, has tweeted a tribute to David Amess today.
The Labour MP Naz Shah, who has previously been targeted with racist abuse, said there was “no right or wrong answer” over whether or not MPs should continue holding their surgeries.
Shah, who represents the Bradford West constituency, told PA Media:
I think it’s all about individuals, isn’t it? I’ve had so many death threats, and it could have been any one of us. It’s really close to home. I just think you’ve got to respect every MP. Some will have the ‘Yes, we’re going to carry on’ view, and some people won’t feel comfortable.
At this time, I think there’s no right or no wrong answer to whether we should do surgeries or not. How people feel is individual to them really, depending on their personal circumstances.
She added that she had been contacted by officers who are part of Operation Bridger, a nationwide police protective security operation, and they had been “amazing” towards her.
However, she declined to say what measures were being taken to protect her.
“For me, the more we talk about what measures we’re taking, the more it raises our risk,” she said.
Former minister Chris Skidmore said he has continued to hold face-to-face constituency surgeries despite someone previously being put behind bars for threatening to kill him, PA Media reports.
The Conservative MP for Kingswood in South Gloucestershire said he holds two types of surgeries: one where verified constituents book to see him at his office and a second where he holds drop-in sessions, including at supermarkets where shoppers are invited to talk to their MP over the shop tannoy.
Skidmore, a former universities minister, said:
I feel as a member of parliament who was born and grew up in my constituency, it feels absolutely natural that I would continue to hold in-person events.
I’ve had someone in the past who has been in prison for threatening to kill me, so I recognise these threats, but it is a cornerstone of our British way of life when it comes to our democracy – very few countries have this.
PA Media reports that a joint statement from all of Southend’s mosques has condemned the fatal stabbing of David Amess as an “indefensible atrocity”.
Faith leaders said the father-of-five was an “upstanding friend to our Muslim community” and attended key events, including weddings, mosque openings and the launch of the town’s first Muslim Scout group.
In the statement published on the Essex Jamme Masjid website, on behalf of “all Southend mosques”, they said their thoughts and prayers were with Amess’s family, friends and colleagues.
Sir David’s murder was an indefensible atrocity, committed on the grounds of a place of worship and we condemn it in the strongest possible terms.
This act was committed in the name of blind hatred, and we look forward to the perpetrator being brought to justice.
The Conservative MP David Davis told Sky News he supports constituents continuing to meet their MPs face-to-face and is against pausing surgeries.
Many floral tributes to Sir David Amess have had personal messages of thanks for the work he did for the community and his support for issues including animal welfare.
PA Media reports that an Iranian opposition group has paid tribute to Sir David Amess, describing the MP as a “human rights champion” and an “enemy of many dictators”.
Hossein Abedini was among several members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran who laid flowers and framed photos of Amess near Belfairs Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, where the MP was stabbed to death.
Abedini told PA Media:
Sir David had a very important role in supporting the people of Iran, the uprisings happening in Iran, the Iranian refugees in Camp Ashraf.
As part of this, Amess had recently called on the government to ban Iran’s president, Ebrahim Raisi, a hardline cleric, from attending the Cop26 global climate summit in Glasgow, Abedini said.
Yesterday Abedini had paid tribute to Amess.
Dr Kieran Mullan, the Conservative MP for Crewe and Nantwich, also held his constituency surgery today.
Surgery today, we must not let people force us to do things differently.
David would not have wanted that.
Alec Shelbrooke was among the MPs who held constituency surgeries as usual on Saturday.
The Conservative MP tweeted:
We cannot let events like this diminish the deep relationship between an MP and their constituents.
This is a relationship I value deeply: I want my constituents, regardless of whether they voted for me or not, to be able to approach me in the street, in the pub, at the supermarket or at one of my surgeries.
The Conservative MP Theresa Villiers describes the death of Amess as “shocking and appalling” in an interview with Sky News.
She spoke of his kindness and that it is “such a great loss”.
Villiers added: “He was just very kind. If MPs went through a rough patch he would be the one to be there to be supportive.”
PA Media reports that MPs have been tweeting about the constituent surgeries they held today.
Craig Williams, MP for Montgomeryshire, also held a surgery on Saturday alongside his Conservative colleague from the Welsh parliament, Russell George.
Busy surgery with @russ_george in Guilsfield this morning. Thought of Sir David Amess throughout.
A special shout out to DyfedPowys for their presence and reassurance. Montgomeryshire”
The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has tweeted a tribute today to Sir David Amess.
Rev Steve Tinning of the Leigh Road Baptist Church, in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, who worked extensively with David Amess told the BBC:
David was a true constituent MP. He showed great care and wonderful listening skills to his community. He always put the community he served, the constituency he served, in front of his own political ambition.
He was accessible to all, whatever their age or political backgrounds, was, and upon missing deeply he built that kind of relationship, particularly around he’s supportive of local refugees.”
David’s commitment to the Muslim community of this town was extraordinary.
I was on the phone just this morning to a Muslim refugee that David had helped over five years liaise with our Home Office and build a case to have them reunited with the son that they were separated with after the war in Syria broke out, and he’s devastated he’s heartbroken that this man that had shown such care and love for his family and ultimately resulted in the reunion of their family, you know, has gone.
Amess, Tinning said, had recently won a raffle prize at an event held at his church.
I’ve got a prize just in front of me on the floor, but he didn’t know that he’d won and I’ve been saving to present to him the next opportunity that we met, which I knew wouldn’t be far away because he was so accessible, and never permitted to reply to an email or a text or a phone call. It’s truly heartbreaking.
Benny Wenda, the West Papuan independence leader, has paid tribute to David Amess, who was one of the first MPs to sign a declaration for the territory to be freed from Indonesian rule.