Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer pay respects to David Amess
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On Friday, Conservative MP David Amess, 69, died following a knife attack at a local meeting with his constituents in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. Essex Police have confirmed a 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder and tributes have poured in from the likes of prime minister Boris Johnson, Labour’s Keir Starmer and many others following Mr Amess’ death. The BBC has now taken the decision to pull Saturday’s episode of Casualty in light of the news as the episode centred on a stabbing.
Confirming the change to the scheduling, a BBC spokesperson said to Metro.co.uk on Friday evening: “We have made some late changes to the BBC One schedule this evening in light of today’s tragic events.”
The instalment of Casualty involved a teenager being stabbed in a confrontation after Hafsa (played by Zainab Hasan) introduces him to Rash (Neet Mohan).
What follows is Rash descending further into the gang’s hierarchy and further into a life of crime.
Instead, the episode has been replaced by an episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys which will begin at 9:35pm on Saturday evening.
Airing after the Bradley Walsh-fronted Blankety Blank, the Mrs Brown’s Boys episode is a repeat of the show’s live tour in 2016.
The synopsis for Casualty’s replacement reads: “Agnes (Brendan O’Carroll) discovers Mark (Pat Shields) and Betty (Amanda Woods) are experiencing problems in the bedroom and takes it upon herself to fix the situation.
“Meanwhile, as Dermot’s (Paddy Houlihan) business goes from strength to strength, he faces a difficult decision regarding his best friend Buster (Danny O’Carroll).”
It is likely Casualty will return to its usual Saturday night slot next week.
Express.co.uk has contacted the BBC for comment.
A number of politicians have paid tribute to Mr Amess following his death on October 15.
Prime minister Boris Johnson said in the wake of the news: “I think all our hearts are full of shock and sadness today at the loss of David Amess MP who was killed in his constituency surgery in a church after almost 40 years of continuous service to the people of Essex and the whole of the United Kingdom.
“And the reason I think people are so shocked and saddened is, above all, he was one of the kindest, nicest, most gentle people in politics.
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“He also had an outstanding record of passing laws to help the most vulnerable,
“Whether the people who are suffering from endometriosis, passing laws to end cruelty to animals, or doing a huge amount to reduce the fuel poverty suffered by people up and down the country.”
Mr Johnson added that Mr Amess was a man “who believed passionately in this country and its future”, before concluding he was a “much-loved friend and colleague”.
Labour leader Mr Starmer described Mr Amess’ death as a “dark and shocking day” in a lengthy statement.
He concluded his statement by adding: “Let us come together in response to these horrendous events. We will show once more that violence, intimidation and threats to our democracy will never prevail over the tireless commitment of public servants simply doing their jobs.”
Mr Amess’ death marks the second time in five years a serving MP has been killed following the murder of Jo Cox in 2016.
Mr Johnson, Mr Starmer, Priti Patel and Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle all arrived in Essex on Saturday to lay flowers and pay their respects to Mr Amess.
Casualty returns to BBC One next Saturday.
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