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Anna Firth wins Southend West election months after Tory predecessor Sir David Amess was killed in surgery

The Conservatives have retained Southend West’s seat in Essex after a by-election triggered by the death of Sir David Amess.

Tory candidate Anna Firth walked away as a comfortable winner with 86% of the vote.

Anna Firth celebrates her victory after her party kept her seat in Southend West

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Anna Firth celebrates her victory after her party kept her seat in Southend West
Lawyer shakes hands with supporters after her win

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Lawyer shakes hands with supporters after her win

Ms. Firth, a qualified attorney, won with 12,792 votes in a contest with a turnout of 22%.

The vote was held after veteran MP Sir David was killed at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, on 15 October during an election surgery.

The 69-year-old, remembered as “one of the good guys” in British politics, served Southend West since 1997 and Basildon before that since 1983.

In the early hours of Friday, Ms Firth vowed to “work tirelessly to build on everything” Sir David has achieved during his long tenure.

In her victory speech, she praised his widowed wife Amess, adding that she realized it was a “sad and painful day” for his family.

The Labor Party and the Liberal Democrats, along with other mainstream political parties, chose not to participate in the by-election as a sign of respect.

Jason Pilley of the Psychedelic Movement came in second with 512 votes. UKIP’s Steve Laws came in third with 400.

There were 1,084 damaged ballots.

Ms Firth told supporters: “It has been the honor of my life to represent the people of West Southend and where I was born.

“Tonight, I express my gratitude to Sir David Amess, who has represented this chair for over 24 years and is a staunch supporter of Southend West.

“Sir David is a truly outstanding MP.

“He’s a friend to all and has a huge influence on everyone who lives here.

“For Sir David’s family and his friends, tonight will be a day of grief and pain and I would like to express my gratitude to Lady Amess and their children.

“We’re thinking about you tonight.”

Ms Firth vowed to “work tirelessly to build on everything” achieved by her predecessor Sir David Aess.

Southend was granted city status upon his death, a goal the late congressman fought tirelessly for throughout his career.

She paid tribute to the political parties who “marked their respect for Sir David by not participating in this by-election”.

The MP said: “It is inspiring to see politicians coming together from political disagreements to respect a great man and a great MP.

“It’s been the honor of my life to represent the people of West Southend and where I was born.

“As your Member of Parliament, I will work tirelessly to build on everything he (Sir David) has achieved.”

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, of Kentish Town, North London, will face trial for the ‘terror-inspired’ killing of Sir David next month.

Miss Firth has vowed to continue the legacy of Sir David Amess

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Miss Firth has vowed to continue the legacy of Sir David AmessCredit: pa
Volunteers bring the first ballots to count in the by-election

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Volunteers bring the first ballots to count in the by-electionCredit: pa

https://www.thesun.ie/news/8312373/anna-firth-wins-southend-by-election/ Anna Firth wins Southend West election months after Tory predecessor Sir David Amess was killed in surgery

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