Sir David Amess’ funeral takes place in Southend

The funeral of an MP murdered by a suspected terrorist takes place this afternoon in Prittlewell, Southend.

The late Sir David’s friend and colleague in the Commons Mark Francois told reporters of his “mixed emotions” ahead of the service.

The MP for Rayleigh and Wickford said: “We’d all rather David was still with us.

“But this has been an opportunity for the whole of the community of Southend to come together and to pay their respects.

“I genuinely believe David was loved in Southend and this is a chance for the people of what will now be that city to express their sympathy with Lady Julia and the family.”

A memorial service will take place tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Westminster.