Sir David Amess wrote "what happened to Jo Cox could happen to any of us" in a book published last year before he was stabbed to death this afternoon.

David Amess, 69, who represented Southend West Essex, was stabbed to death during his constituency surgery on Friday, October 15 shortly before 12.05pm.

In the memoir, he recalled the moment he received the news about the murder of Jo Cox, who was targeted by a neo-Nazi outside her constituency surgery in 2016.

Jo Cox was murdered in 2016
Jo Cox was murdered in 2016

He said that she was murdered in the “most barbaric fashion imaginable” and went on to say that “she was a young woman with a family going about her duties as we all do, completely unaware of the threat that she faced.”

The MP, who is one of Parliament's most longest serving members, said that he was urged to be “vigilant of the general public visiting constituency surgeries” after a parliamentary assistant was murdered by a man targeting MP Nigel Jones in 2000.

In his book, he wrote: “We all make ourselves readily available to our constituents and are often dealing with members of the public who have mental health problems, it could happen to any of us. "

David Amess was killed on Friday, October 15
David Amess was killed on Friday, October 15

The Tory MP was stabbed several times at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex after a man allegedly ran into the church in the last hour before launching the attack.

He advertised the community surgery on his Twitter page on Tuesday, detailing the location and information on how to book an appointment.

In his book, the MP described how increased security concerns had affected how constituency surgeries operate.

He said: “Advice has been given to be more careful when accepting appointments.

“We are advised to never see people alone … these increasing attacks have rather spoilt the great British tradition of the people openly meeting their elected politicians.”

Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church
Police outside Belfairs Methodist Church

Amess said how he had frequently received online abuse and had previously encountered “nuisance” from people turning up at his home.

He wrote that he was living with his wife and children at the time he was an MP for Basildon around 1990, and said he was alerted that the IRA had made a death threat towards him but “mercifully, nothing happened”.

Essex Police confirmed that the MP was pronounced dead at the scene and that a man was arrested on suspicion of murder.

Following the news, the husband of late MP Jo Cox has branded the attack as “cowardly” and called it an “attack on democracy itself."

The Jo Cox Foundation also tweeted about the incident, writing: “The Jo Cox Foundation is horrified to hear the news of the attack on Sir David Amess MP. We are thinking of him, his family and loved ones at this distressing time.”

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