David Amess, 69, who represents Southend West in Essex, was stabbed at around midday at a meeting at a Methodist Church, his Westminster office confirmed to CNN.
Essex Police said in a statement on their website they were “called to reports of a stabbing” in the Leigh-on-Sea area Friday. They said a man had been arrested at the scene and taken into custody. A knife was also recovered from the area.
“A man’s been arrested following an incident in #LeighonSea,” Essex Police wrote in a tweet. “We were called to reports of a stabbing in Eastwood Rd North shortly after 12.05pm. A man was arrested shortly after & we’re not looking for anyone else.”
The leader of the main opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer reacted to the news on Twitter, writing: “Horrific and deeply shocking news. Thinking of David, his family and his staff.”
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan added: “Truly awful news. My thoughts and prayers are with David Amess MP, his family, staff and the community at this incredibly difficult time.”