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Tories win Southend West by-election in ballot prompted by Sir David Amess killing



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he Conservatives have held on to the seat of Southend West following a by-election triggered by the killing of Sir David Amess.

In a contest that Labour and the Liberal Democrats together with different mainstream political events, selected to not contest, Tory candidate Anna Firth ran out as a snug winner with 86% of the vote.

The by-election was held after former incumbent Sir David was killed at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea Essex on October 15 throughout a constituency surgical procedure.

{A photograph} of Sir David Amess (Kirsty O’Connor/PA) / PA Wire

The 69-year-old had served Southend West since 1997, and Basildon earlier than that since 1983.

Ms Firth, a certified barrister, vowed to “work tirelessly to construct on every thing” achieved by Sir David throughout his prolonged tenure.

In her victory speech, she praised his widow Girl Amess, including that she recognised it was a “unhappy and painful day” for his household.

“It’s the honour of my life to signify the individuals of Southend West and the place the place I used to be born,” she instructed supporters.



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