MPs from south west London have paid tribute to David Amess MP, who was stabbed to death while meeting constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, earlier today (October 15).

The Conservative member for Southend West died after being stabbed "multiple times" on Friday at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Essex Police said they had made an arrest in connection with the attack.

Tributes poured in for Amess from all corners of the UK and across the political spectrum, including MPs from south west London.

Among them were Kingston and Surbiton MP Ed Davey, who wrote: "This is tragic and horrible news. My thoughts are with David’s wife and children, the wider family, friends and David’s community. A truly terrible day for British politics but most importantly of all our prayers are with all the people who loved David."

Conservative MP for Croydon South Chris Philp posted to Twitter: "I’m shocked and devastated by the news about Sir David Amess. He was the kindest of colleagues, always thinking of the needs of others and the welfare of his constituents. His family has lost a wonderful father and husband. My thoughts and prayers are with them."

Labour's Croydon North MP Steve Reed joined the online tributes: "Sending every sympathy to David Amess’ loved ones, he was hugely respected by everyone in Parliament, so deeply shocking this could have happened. May he rest in peace," he tweeted.

Paul Scully, the Sutton and Cheam MP, said the news had been "dreadful to hear" and that his "thoughts and prayers" were with Amess's family.

Battersea MP Marsha de Cordova posted that she was "shocked and devastated" by the Southend MP's death and said her thoughts and prayers were "with his loved ones during this tragic time".

Fellow Wandsworth Labour MP Fleur Anderson, of Putney, wrote: "I’m so shocked by the murder of Sir David Amess. He was such a dedicated and kind man. An attack on any MP is an attack on us all and on our democracy."

Twickenham MP Munira Wilson also expressed her "shock" at the news, adding: "My thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones at this time".

Neighbouring Lib Dem MP for Richmond Park Sarah Olney posted: "Such sad and awful news. Sending thoughts and prayers to Sir David’s family and many many friends. A kind and committed man who lost his life while serving his community."