Following the murder of Sir David Amess on Friday, the group leaders of Colchester Borough Council – Cllr Paul Dundas (Conservative), Cllr Adam Fox (Labour), Cllr Martin Goss (Liberal Democrat); Cllr Beverley Oxford (Highwoods Independent), and Cllr Mark Goacher (Green) - have issued the following joint statement:
“The news of the murder of Sir David Amess at one of his surgeries on Friday has shocked everyone.
“All of the tributes over the weekend, from people from all political backgrounds, have clearly shown that Sir David was a man who worked hard for his constituency and all the people and causes he represented. His dedication and determination are things that those elected at all levels strive to achieve.
“We all know that politics can lead to highly charged emotions and debates. However, it is vital that we as politicians have these discussions in a mature way and in an environment free from intimidation and violence. This is what democracy is about and it is a belief all of us in Colchester firmly stand together on and will not shirk from.
“We have all been deeply shocked by what has happened, and our thoughts and prayers remain with Sir David’s family and friends at this tragic time. Rest in peace Sir David.”
The flags at Colchester Town Hall, the council officers at Rowan House and at Colchester Castle were at half-mast over the weekend as a mark of respect for Sir David Amess.