Prime minister Boris Johnson will today lead tributes to Sir David Amess in the House of Commons after his family called on the public to “set aside their differences and show kindness and love to all” following the MP’s murder.
Between 3.30pm to 5.30pm, political functionaries will be invited to share fond memories of the Tory MP who represented Southend West.
A morning of prayers and a minute’s silence will precede the tributes at 2.30pm. There will also be a service at St Margaret’s Church in the grounds of Westminster Abbey, where Johnson and a host of other government officials are expected to be in attendance.
Brendan Cox, the husband of Labour MP Jo Cox who was murdered in not so dissimilar circumstances in 2016, spoke this morning ahead of the special session.
Mr Cox, speaking on the way forward said MPs and supporters from both political parties must stop “dehumanising” each other. “You have people who say ‘I’ve never kissed a Tory’ as a badge of honour on the left,” he told Times Radio, warning this behaviour is a “celebration of political segregation.”
His comments follow an earlier interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today programme when he stated that Britain will squarely tackle terrorism-related issues if it is approached on a united front.
“[Terrorists] want division so let’s give them togetherness,” Mr Cox said.
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