The opening of an inquest into the death of Sir David Amess has revealed that the MP died of "multiple stab wounds while in a meeting with one individual".

Sixty-nine-year-old politician and dad-of-five Sir David, who represented Southend West in Essex, was holding a surgery at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on Friday October 15 when an attacker allegedly stormed in and stabbed him 'multiple times'.

Emergency services – including armed police and an air ambulance – were scrambled to the scene in a bid to save his life, but Sir David tragically died of his injuries inside the church hall.

The inquest hearing, which lasted less than five minutes, was told that the father-of-five died of "multiple stab wounds to the chest", with the number of wounds not stated.

Sir David Amess at the wedding of his daughter Flo in November 2019

Coroner's officer Paul Donaghy said that on October 15 Sir David was stabbed "during a meeting with one individual" and his death was declared at 1.13pm.

The inquest in Chelmsford was suspended pending the outcome of criminal proceedings, and will be reviewed on April 27.Ali Harbi Ali, 25, from south London, has since been charged with the killing.

Nick Price, Head of the CPS Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said: “The CPS has authorised charges against Ali Harbi Ali for the murder of MP Sir David Amess on Friday 15 October 2021.

"We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations.

“He has also been charged with the preparation of terrorist acts. This follows a review of the evidence gathered by the Metropolitan Police in its investigation.

Tributes to the MP flooded in in the wake of his death

“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Ali are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.”

There was an outpouring of horror and grief in the wake of the deadly attack, and flags were already flying at half mast outside Parliament less than an hour after news of his death broke.

Both Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer paid tribute to Sir David after his death

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: "Sir David’s death leaves a vacuum that will not and can never be filled.

"We will cherish his memory, we will celebrate his legacy and we will never allow those who commit acts of evil to triumph over the democracy and the Parliament that Sir David Amess loved so much."

Labour leader Keir Starmer added: "Sir David Amess was a dedicated public servant, a husband and a father. May he rest in peace."