GIVING Southend-on-Sea city status would be a ...wonderful tribute... to Sir David Amess, the Home Secretary said today.

Sir David, who died after being stabbed while meeting constituents on Friday, was a ceaseless campaigner for the Essex town on the Thames Estuary to be designated a city.

Priti Patel said on Sunday there will be in Government... on the prospect of realising Sir David's long-running campaign.

Asked on the BBC One Andrew Marr's Show whether the Government was likely to grant Southend city status, Ms Patel said: ...It brings a smile to me and it warms our hearts because I think of his last PMQs, questions to the Prime Minister, I was in the chamber, it was about Southend.

...I know Southend as an Essex MP as well. Look, that's not for me to say at all. There will be work in Government on that....

Since Friday, a number of MPs and others have fondly recalled the Southend West MP's energy for the cause, including the frequency with which he mentioned the campaign in the House of Commons.

Sir David even secured an adjournment debate on the subject in the Commons in December 2019.

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