Author Archives: Andrew Mackinlay

Sir David Amess – a tribute

David Amess was a kind, thoughtful and sensitive man. We may have been political opponents but he was a good friend to me and countless others, right across the political divide. He was a thoroughly diligent and distinguished Member of Parliament, who was unstinting in his commitment and service to his Essex constituents.

I first met David in 1989 soon after I was selected by Labour to contest the election in Thurrock, Essex, a marginal Tory-held seat. David was then already Member of Parliament for Basildon, next door to Thurrock. (Later he represented Southend, also in Essex).

We would sometimes meet on the underground whilst travelling to the constituencies. We would engage in banter – laugh and joke – on other occasions we would sometimes be deeply engaged in discussion about the state of British politics. Surprisingly, we often agreed! We both had a passion for Parliament and its history.

After I was elected we also found that we had much in common. We both shared the need to champion the interests of the people of Essex. Neither of us sought Ministerial office; on the contrary, both of us shared the view that being recognised as an independent vocal backbencher was sufficient reward.

We collaborated in championing the interests of the Iranian opposition politicians who faced persecution and exile. This was ongoing business for David. He was passionate about trying to protect and promote the rights of people arguing for democracy in Iran.

Posted in Obituaries | Tagged and | 1 Comment
Advert



Recent Comments

  • Peter Watson
    The crude analysis by the party is an interesting - but possibly misleading - take on the A-level grades. And focusing on A and A* grades perhaps says something...
  • Peter Davies
    The best way to target help on energy bills is not to link the help to energy bills at all. Give the poor enough money to pay the higher bills through exist...
  • Andy Daer
    The wealth gap is already too large, and it's growing. That mattered less when most people were getting richer, but it could be very dangerous now that a lot o...
  • Lorenzo Cherin
    Terrific speech by Layla. Excellent comments also. You would think govts would understand the simple economic principle, applied to the important social c...
  • James Fowler
    There is only one Party that has an umbilical link to the Trade Union movement, and it is not the Liberal Democrats. Most Lib Dems will understand and probably ...