British Conservatives win by-elections triggered by murder of lawmakers

The British ruling Conservative Party retained its seats in Southend West after a by-election triggered by the murder of former local council member Sir David Amess.

Tory candidate Anna Firth won comfortably in 86% of the votes, as Labor and the Liberal Democratic Party, along with other mainstream opposition parties, chose to respect the deceased members and not vie for seats.

Ames, a 5-year-old 69-year-old father, has been serving the Southend West since 1997. He was brutally attacked on October 15 when he met a member at Laindon in Essex, and later had multiple puncture wounds on his chest.

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On October 22, 2021, a flower was left outside the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, London, in memory of Sir David Amess. (Dominic Lipinski / PA)

Ali Harbi Ali, a 25-year-old Somali Englishman, was charged with killing Ames and “preparing for terrorist acts” on October 21.

In her victorious speech, Firth, a qualified barrister, vowed to “work tirelessly to build everything” achieved by her predecessor.

She paid tribute to Ames, a “passionate defender of Southend West,” who has represented the seat for over 24 years.

Following the murder of Ames, Queen Elizabeth II agreed to give the South End a city status as a tribute to veteran politicians who were long-time campaigners.

“Sir David was a really exceptional MP,” Firth said. “He is a friend of all, and he has had a great influence on everyone who lives here.”

She added: “Tonight will be a sad and painful day for Sir David’s family and his friends. I would like to pay tribute to Mrs. Ames and her children. I am thinking of you tonight. . “

Firth also paid tribute to the party, which “respected Sir David for not challenging this by-election.”

“It’s exciting to see politicians come together across political divisions to respect great men and great MPs,” she said.

The newly elected parliamentarians thanked the people of Southend West.

“Today’s vote is based on Sir David’s legacy, with a clear mission to make the South End safer, improve local health care, and support small businesses, but above all, the status of our new city. I’ll get the most out of it, “she said.

Ames survived by his wife and their five children (one son and four daughters).

Ali Harbi Ali, a suspected murderer, denied prosecution at a hearing in Old Bailey in December and will be tried later this year.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Alexander Chan