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MPs say prayers and observe a minute's silence for David Amess

MPs said prayers and observed a minute's silence today as the Commons gathered to express its grief at the killing of David Amess. 

A packed chamber was hushed as an emotional Speaker Lindsay Hoyle condemned the 'despicable' attack on the Tory veteran.

The Commons chaplain, Tricia Hillas, said: 'May the bright memory of his rich life ever outshine the tragic manner of his death.' 

Parliament has cancelled almost all of its business today, with Boris Johnson set to open two hours of tributes. 

There will also be a service at Westminster afterwards so colleagues can pay their respects after the killing during a surgery in Sir David's Southend constituency on Friday.    

A packed chamber was hushed as Speaker Lindsay Hoyle condemned the 'despicable' attack on the Tory veteraA packed chamber was hushed as Speaker Lindsay Hoyle condemned the 'despicable' attack on David Amess 

MPs said prayers and observed a minute's silence today as the Commons gathered to pay tribute to the Tory veteran 

The Commons has cleared almost all its business today for the tributes to Sir David  

Sir David Amess' heartbroken wife and children today visited the church where the Tory politician was stabbed to death by a suspected Islamist terrorist who was allegedly bent on murdering any MP he could get close to.

His widow Julia Amess wiped away tears as she read messages of love for her late husband outside the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea along with two of their five children this morning.

Mrs Amess, who also worked for her husband as a part-time caseworker for his Southend West constituency, came to mourn her husband hours after the family said that their hearts had been 'shattered' by his 'cruel and violent death' at a constituency surgery in Essex. 

They said they could not understand why the 'patriot and a man of peace' was targeted by a knifeman he had never met.

Sir David walked his daughter Flo down the aisle in 2019 and she was at her mother's side today with her American husband Shawn. 

Flo's sister Katie, an actress and model, also came to look at the flowers and mourn her father while supported by her husband, the Southend rapper Verses Bang. 

But Alexandra, who the MP gave away at her wedding in August, daughter Sarah and son David Jr were not at the church today.

Julia cried as she viewed the huge number of floral tributes piled outside the church where her husband was stabbed to death. Family members comforted one another, with one placing an arm around her, and they stayed for around 15 minutes.

Sir David Amess (pictured) was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery on Friday

Flo Amess leads the family with her husband Shawn (far right) followed by her mother Julia (centre left) and her sister Katie (centre right with blonde hair) along withher husband, the Southend rapper Verses Bang (far left)

The huge numbers of flowers and tributes at Belfairs Methodist Church today, where Sir David was murdered on Friday

The minister of Belfairs, Rev Clifford Newman, hugged Sir David's widow during the family visit to the church. The six visitors bowed their heads and formed a semi-circle around the churchman as he gave a short private address.

It came as it was revealed the suspect arrested for murdering him forced to attend an official deradicalisation course after a teacher spotted his extremist views at least five years ago after becoming a 'huge fan' of hate preacher Anjem Choudary and his sickening YouTube sermons.

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, is being held by police on suspicion of murdering the veteran Conservative MP as he met with his Southend West constituents on Friday afternoon. It is believed the suspected Islamist terrorist may have chosen his victim at random having become obsessed with killing any MP.

In a heartbreaking statement his family called for people to 'set aside hatred', adding: 'Nobody should die in that way. Nobody. Whatever one's race, religious or political beliefs, be tolerant and try to understand. We are absolutely broken, but we will survive and carry on for the sake of a wonderful and inspiring man.'