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Conservative candidate for Southend West says she will ‘carry on the legacy’ of Sir David Amess

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The new prospective Conservative MP for Southend West hopes to “carry on the legacy” of Sir David Amess in her by-election campaign.

Anna Firth was selected by the Southend West Conservative Association as its Parliamentary candidate in December 2021, and will stand in a forthcoming by-election.

A date for the by-election has not yet been set following the tragic killing of Sir David in October last year, but a polling date is expected to be announced for February.

Read more:The latest news from the Southend borough

Ms Firth hopes to carry on the good work of Sir David, who was a long standing MP who had more than 20 years’ service before he was stabbed to death at a constituency surgery in Leigh-on-Sea on October 15, 2021.

Sir David Amess with Kathryn Sipple, 11, at an event in Priory Park in 2017

Ms Firth was born in Leigh and has four generations of family before her who lived in Southend. She is the daughter of a teacher and engineer and said she is a strong believer in working hard, aiming high and giving back.

In her campaign portfolio, she said: “Like many people I was shocked and saddened by the death of my colleague Sir David Amess. As the Conservative candidate for Southend West, I hope to continue his legacy of hard work on behalf of constituents here and in Parliament.

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“I am very proud to serve and give back to my local community but I am not a career politician. After obtaining a law degree from Durham University, I had a short career in financial services, before retraining to become a London barrister.

“After 12 years prosecuting criminals and dealing with major medical accidents, I took a career break to bring up my family, and was elected to my local council.

“Currently I am the Chief-Executive of the Invicta National Academy, a not-for-profit community interest company, helping children of the UK catch up on missed learning caused by Covid-19.”

Stephen James and Anna Firth have set up the Invicta Summer Academy

Stephen James and Anna Firth have set up the Invicta Summer Academy

She added: “I have a track record of working tirelessly on issues that matter to local people including opposing overdevelopment in the Greenbelt, campaigning for more grammar school places, better public transport, better health and mental health services, more police and supporting community volunteering.”

Other political parties such as Labour, the Liberal Democrats and Greens have confirmed they will not be putting forward candidates for the by-election, to allow the Conservatives a stronger chance of keeping the seat.

Ali Harbi Ali, 25, from London, has denied murdering Sir David Amess and is set to stand trial for the charge along with alleged terrorism offences at the Old Bailey in March this year.

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