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David Amess (1952–2021), British Member of Parliament

by Linnea Crowther

David Amess was a British Member of Parliament (MP) who had represented the Conservative Party since 1983.

Political career

Amess represented Basildon when he was first elected to Parliament. In 1997, he was elected to represent Southend West, where he remained until his death. Amess was known for his work toward animal welfare, including sponsoring the 1988 Protection Against Cruel Tethering Act, which protects horses and ponies from being tied up in an abusive way. Amess also sponsored the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act of 2000, working toward reducing fuel poverty. He was known for his pro-life stance. Amess was knighted in 2015.

Amess on his interest in animal welfare

“As a child I was known as ‘animal mad’, this is something I inherited from my late father. Over the years I have kept all manner of domestic pets. I have always found most animals to be grateful for everything that you do for them. That isn’t always the way with human beings.” —from a 2016 interview for Cruelty Free International


Tributes to David Amess

Full obituary: BBC

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