A new mural dedicated to the late Sir David Amess has been created at a skate park he opened more than 10 years ago. 

Local artist Madmanity is behind the work, which features a drawing of the Southend West MP's face surrounded by dozens of question marks. 

Sir David officially opened the skate park in Leigh back in 2008.

The mural has been called 'why' as a nod to Sir David's death on Friday, which has been described as senseless and shocking by many.

Madmanity told the BBC the work is a thank you from the Southend community for all the work done by Sir David.

The MP was fatally stabbed while holding a constituents surgery at the Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh. 

His wife Julia was joined by family and friends at the church today as they looked at the floral tributes left for Sir David. 

MPs are due to pay their own respects to the man dubbed 'Mr Southend' during a special session in Parliament this afternoon.


A debate on how to keep MPs safe is continuing in the political world today in the wake of Sir David's death. 

Boris Johnson believes the incident “cannot get in the way of democracy” when asked if face-to-face meetings between MPs and constituents should continue.

But the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said it was a decision for individual MPs when he was asked if surgeries should continue in person or move online.

The spokesman said: “MPs may rightly be concerned about security, they’ve been contacted by police to discuss their activities and events so their arrangements can be reviewed.


“But while individual arrangements should rightly remain a matter for individual MPs and police, the Prime Minister shares the concerns with a number of MPs and ministers that this attack cannot get in the way of democracy.

“We will not be cowed by those who seek to divide us and spread hate and the PM has been struck by the bravery and commitment to serving constituents expressed by many MPs following Sir David’s death.”

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