BORIS Johnson tonight paid tribute to Conservative MP Sir David Amess who has died after being stabbed multiple times.
In a statement from No 10 the visibly shocked PM said the nation has lost "a fine public servant and a much loved friend".
Boris, who spent the day in Bristol with his Cabinet, said: "I think all our hearts are full of shock and sadness today.
"Sir David Amess was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and the whole of the UK.
"The reason I think people are so shocked and saddened is above all he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics and he also had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable.
"David was a man who believed passionately in this country and in its future and we've lost today a fine public servant and a much loved friend and colleague.
"Our thoughts are very much today with his wife his children and his family."
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