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Man charged with murder of British MP

Sir David Amess (File photograph)

A 25-year-old man has been charged with the murder of British MP David Amess, the head of the British-Bermuda All-Party Parliamentary Group.

Ali Harbi Ali has been charged with both the murder and preparation of terrorists acts in connection to last Wednesday’s fatal stabbing at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex.

The Crown Prosecution Service has said it will argue that the murder had “a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations”.

Sir David, 69, the MP for Southend West, was at the church for a for a constituency shortly after noon when the attack took place.

Sir David’s killing sparked shock and outrage, along with a review of security measures for MPs in the UK. Bermuda’s political leaders paid tribute to Mr Amess’s support for the island at Westminster.

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