Sir David Amess: Glasgow MPs and MSPs pay tribute to ‘nice and well liked human being’

Sir David Amess died after a stabbing attack on Friday. Sir David Amess died after a stabbing attack on Friday.
Sir David Amess died after a stabbing attack on Friday.
Glasgow MPs and MSPs have paid tribute to Sir David Amess, who died after being attacked at his constituency surgery last week.

The House of Commons has been paying tribute to Sir David today (18 October), with MPs sharing their memories of him.

Glasgow MPs and MSPs have been posting tributes on social media.

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Stewart McDonald, the SNP MP for Glasgow South, described Sir David as a ‘nice and well liked human being’, adding that he was ‘friendly, kind and thoughtful’.

He added: “My last exchange with him was just outside the Commons Chamber where he nudged me and said ‘make sure you give the government a good kicking’, before he headed in to do the very same. That’s what he believed his job was about: standing up to the government for our constituents.

“Like many colleagues I’ll miss David’s smile and his unrelenting positivity. That his near 40 year parliamentary career should end this way is so unimaginably cruel for his loved ones, his staff and his constituents. I am sending my love to them today.”

Chris Stephens, the SNP MP for Glasgow South West, said Sir David was a “decent man, who always gave advice and encouragement to others, regardless of party”.

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Carol Monaghan, SNP MP for Glasgow North West, described Sir David as a ‘kind, conscientious and principled public servant’.

She said: "Like all colleagues in the House of Commons today, I am still in a state of shock over last week's events. Sir David was a kind, conscientious, and principled public servant. Despite our political differences in the Chamber (which can be a particularly tense environment), he was always the first to lighten the mood with a joke or extend a gesture of friendship. He will be greatly missed by all Members of the House - we have lost a stalwart of our democracy.

“MPs all mourn the loss of Sir David. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this extremely difficult time. May he rest in peace."

David Linden, MP for Glasgow East, added: “I am utterly devastated by David’s death. We worked closely together on the APPG for Fairs and Showgrounds and he was a tireless campaigner for showmen as well as a diligent parliamentarian. I will miss him enormously. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.”

MSP Pam Duncan Glancy described the news as “devastating”, adding: “Moments like this should never, ever happen. No one should go to work and not come home again.”

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