Name: Sir David Amess
Born: 26 March 1952
Constituency: Southend West
Sir David Amess was born in Plaistow, Essex now referred to as Newham in a Roman Catholic household. Amess graduated from the College of Technology receiving a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Economics and Government. Amess previously worked as an underwriter before becoming a recruitment consultant.
In 1982, Amess was elected as a councillor to the London Borough of Redbridge.
The Conservative MP for Basildon, Harvey Proctor, moved to Billericay in 1983. Amess was selected to stand in the 1983 general election and he won his seat, becoming the new Member of Parliament for Basildon.
Amess continued serving both as an MP and a local councillor until 1986, when he resigned from Redbridge Borough Council to focus on his Westminster seat.
He narrowly held his seat at the 1987 General Election, and in 1992 was appointed as a Parliamentary Private Secretary (PPS) to Michael Portillo.
In 1995, Amess was selected for Southend West after the retirement of former Cabinet minister Paul Channon.
Amess has had an impactful involvement in legislation with two of his achievements being the Protection against CruelTethering Act (1988) and the Warm Home and Energy Conservation Act (2000) which are listed under his name on the statute book. In 2014, he successfully piloted a bill onto the Statute Book that closes a loophole that allowed printing companies who supplied counterfeit materials to evade prosecution.
Amess voted for the Iraq invasion in 2003 but has since been critical against the labour government’s failure to uncover weapons of mass destruction. He was among the minority of Conservative MPs who supported Blair’s impeachment. One of 30 Conservative MPs who voted against military action in Syria in August 2013.
Amess was awarded the Animal Welfare and Environment Champion award in 2011 for his commitment to animal welfare.
Alan Amess was knighted and awarded the “New Year’s honors” by Queen Elizabeth in 2015 for his political and public service. He is a member of the Knights Bachelor Society.
Last Election Results:
Sir David Amess won 27,555 votes out of a possible 46,545. This represents a 59.2% majority in his constituency. There was a voter turnout of 67.4%.
Voting History Snapshot
Voted Aye to the Nationality and Borders Bill: Second Reading
Voted Aye to the Health and Care Bill : Second Reading
Voted Nae to the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill: Amendment 1
Voted Nae to the Environment Bill Report Stage: New Clause 25
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