By Sarah Atherton

MP for Wrexham

Last Friday, the country was rocked by the terrible news that Sir David Amess, Member of Parliament for Southend West, had been murdered whilst doing his duty as an elected representative at one of his regular constituency surgeries.

My thoughts have been with his family, friends, staff, and colleagues across the House that had worked with him during his nearly forty years of service as a Member of Parliament.

Many of the tributes to Sir David over the weekend, and in Parliament, have proved that he was passionate about the community of Southend that he represented, that he was a loyal and dutiful public servant and that he was committed to making the world a kinder and better place.

I think, therefore, that we can all learn a lot from Sir David and his service.

With this in mind, I hope that out of the darkness of this situation there can be some light by us all reflecting on how we can all make a positive difference in our communities.

As you may know, the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Home Secretary have both said that a review into the security afforded to MPs will be undertaken to decide whether more can be done to ensure that MPs are protected when out and about. In the meantime, however, this does not mean that my work representing Wrexham will stop: my team and I will continue to assist with whatever issue you may have, or questions you may need answering. Therefore, please do keep in contact.

On a final note, thank you also to all those across Wrexham – from across the political divide – that have contacted me over the weekend to express their condolences, which I have passed on to Sir David’s family, and to reiterate their support for elected representatives across the country. These kind words are welcome, proving that as a community, and as a nation, there is more that unites us than divides us.

As always if you are resident in Wrexham and need my assistance with any local or national issue, please make contact with me by emailing