MPs in Greater Manchester have reacted with sadness and resilience following the tragic death of Sir David Amess.
The 69-year-old, who had been an MP since 1983, died after being stabbed at a meeting in his Essex constituency this afternoon.
A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering the Conservative veteran, who is married with five children.
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Paying tribute, Prime Minister Boris Johnson described the father as one of the "kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics."
His words have been echoed throughout parliament, irrespective of MP's political backgrounds.
MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East, Mike Kane, said he was deeply upset by the new of Mr Amess' death.
"He treated both his friends and the opposition in a respectful manner regardless of who they were or their background," Mr Kane said, speaking to the Manchester Evening News .
"He was a genuinely joyous presence in the house.
"I have known him for quite a while. We spent some time together in Rome a few years ago. It is a real great honour to have shared that occasion with him."
Mr Kane said the news had brought back fresh memories of his murdered colleague Jo Cox, who he also knew well.
Cox died after being shot and stabbed multiple times in the street in the village of Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she had been due to hold a constituency surgery.
The Wythenshawe MP said he planned to carry on as normal in light of Mr Amess' death, and said that to lose the contact he has with constituents would be a loss to British democracy.
It comes as the Home Secretary Priti Patel asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect.
"On a personal level you realise the threats that MPs face," Mr Kane said.
"This guy was doing his job. He was well known for being an active MP. He was helping solve peopleâ€™s problems.
"We are all affected in the sense of his vulnerability.
"I think British democracy is quirky in the fact everyone has the right to access their MP. I think that strengthens the system. To lose that would be losing part of British democracy."
MP for Gorton West, Afzal Khan, said the news was even more shocking as he had just returned from a Parliamentary delegation with Mr Amess to Qatar.
"I found him extremely polite, pleasant, intelligent and all good the good qualities of any decent human being," he said.
"I found what happened shocking. This is more tragic because I have just spent almost a week with him.
"It is even more saddening to hear that this happened in a church. I find it horrific."
Mr Khan said on the subject of MPs safety: "I think it's a difficult subject. Nobody wants to see this happening anywhere.
"But meeting the public is the nature of the job. You want to go out and meet and speak to the public.
"That is where the difficulty is. It is very difficult. It has an impact on everyone.
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"At the end of the day I feel passionately that I have to meet the public and life has to go on in that respect."
A number of Greater Manchester MPs also took to Twitter to express their devastation, and offer condolences to the family and close friends of Mr Amess.
Chris Green, MP for Bolton West and Atherton said: "So sorry to hear the dreadful attack upon my friend and colleague Sir David Amess.
"My prayers go the his family and friends at this awful time."
MP for Bury South, Christian Wakeford said: "Truly shaken by the awful events in Southend.
"Southend, Parliament and the Conservative Party will be much poorer without Sir David.
"Proud to have sat alongside him, he was a true giant of man."
Lucy Powell, MP for Manchester Central, wrote: "This is totally heart-breaking. Tragic. Such a lovely, decent man who has served his constituents and the country so well for so long.
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"I only last met with him a few weeks ago about building and fire safety issues on which heâ€™s tirelessly campaigned for years. What a loss."
MP for Bolton South East, Yasmin Qureshi, said: "A truly shocking tragedy. David was a warm and kind colleague. My heartfelt condolences to his family, his staff and friends."
Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle said he has discussed the security of MPs with the Home Secretary following the killing of Mr Amess.
He warned against "knee jerk reactions" but said safety measures for MPs are "always being looked at."
Speaking to Sky News, he said: "Obviously I wonâ€™t go into the details of what we do, but I will say we wonâ€™t sit on our laurels.
"We donâ€™t want a knee jerk reaction nowâ€¦ of course we are going to be looking into these issues and I am speaking with the Home Secretary already.
"We are getting reassurances out there to MPs, and in fairness chief constables up and down this country are speaking to MPs to reassure them.
"Itâ€™s about reassuring people at this stage, and then afterwards we will take further measures if we need to."
A spokesman for Home Secretary Priti Patel: "This afternoon, the Home Secretary chaired a meeting of the Police, Security and Intelligence Agencies to discuss the tragic incident in Southend and the ongoing response. She also spoken to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
"The Home Secretary has asked all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect and will provide updates in due course."
Detectives are not looking for any other suspects and have asked witnesses with footage such as CCTV to come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police.