Amess, David

David Amess has been a Member of Parliament for nearly forty years having first been elected for Basildon in 1983.  Despite exclaiming his love for Basildon, he moved to the neighbouring seat of Southend West in 1997.

Covering the small town of Leigh on Sea, and the west of Southend itself, this constituency was formerly represented by the Channon family in Parliament between 1918 and 1997. Amess was reelected in 2019 with a majority of 14,459.

Born in Plaistow, and raised Roman Catholic, Amess is socially conservative. He attended St Anthony’s Junior and Infant School, then St. Bonaventure Grammar School (now St Bonaventure’s Catholic Comprehensive School) on Boleyn Road in Forest Gate and then Bournemouth College of Technology, where he earned a BSc degree with honours in Economics and Government.

Amess taught at the St John the Baptist Primary School in Bethnal Green for a year from 1970, and then spent a short time as an underwriter before becoming a recruitment consultant.

Amess supported Brexit in the 2016 EU referendum. Strongly anti abortion, he has also long been an opponent of fox hunting.  He is married with five children. He supported Dominic Raab in the 2019 Conservative leadership election.

Constituency: Southend West

Constituency Address: Iveagh Hall, 67 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1JW

Constituency Tel: 01702 472391

Date of Birth: 26 March 1952


Party: Conservative

Personal Website:

Westminster Address: House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA

Westminster Tel: 020 7219 3452