Published On: Mon, Oct 18th, 2021
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English Town of Southend Will Become City in Memory of Slain British Lawmakeron October 18, 2021 at 3:41 pm

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Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to grant city status to Southend after Sir David Amess, a long-time campaigner for the status, was killed on Friday. Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement to lawmakers on Monday when leading tributes to the slain member of Parliament. Deputy Prime Minister Dominic Raab said earlier on Monday that bestowing the title of city on the seaside town would be a “very fitting tribute” and “it feels like a certain inevitability,” following Home Secretary Priti Patel’s comment, saying the move would be a “wonderful tribute” to the MP’s 38 years of service. Amess, a 69-year-old MP for Southend West, was fatally stabbed on Oct. 15 while meeting local voters at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, an incident police declared to be terrorism. The Conservative MP was often seen in Westminster and on the campaign trail sporting “Make Southend a city” merchandise, including slogan-adorned baseball caps and face coverings. …

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