HAMPSHIRE politicians have reacted with shock and dismay to the fatal stabbing of veteran Tory MP Sir David Amess.

They spoke out after their parliamentary colleague was stabbed multiple times at his constituency surgery at around noon today.

Sir David, the MP for Southend West in Essex, was attacked at Belfairs Methodist Church in Leigh-on-Sea.

Paramedics tried for two hours to save the 69-year-old father-of-five, but he died of his injuries.

Flick Drummond, who represents the Meon Valley, said: "I am shocked and very upset about what has happened this afternoon.

"Just like me and hundreds of other MPs, Sir David was undertaking constituency work when this terrible incident happened.

"Words cannot express how difficult this must be for his family and my thoughts and prayers are with them."

Royston Smith, Tory MP for Southampton Itchen, added: "A nicer man you would struggle to find. Just outrageous."

Alan Whitehead, Labour MP for Southampton Test, has also spoken out.

He said: "I am deeply saddened by the shocking death of Sir David Amess and once again this is a terrible day for our democracy .

Sir David was a wonderful MP who was well respected on all sides of the House and my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones."

Paul Holmes, who represents Eastleigh, added: "Sir David was a man dedicated to public service and was deeply respected across the House of Commons.

"A deeply infectious smile and unfailingly charming to everyone. I’ll miss him greatly."

Julian Lewis, Tory MP for New Forest East, said he first met Sir David in 1977.

He added: "He was kind-hearted, good natured and completely dedicated to his constituents.

"He had high ideals and an unshakeable religious faith, and lived entirely in accord with his own high standards."

Sir Desmond Swayne, Tory MP for New Forest West, also paid tribute.

He said: "David was a hard-working MP devoted to his constituency, campaigning against poverty and cruelty amongst other causes. 

"He was a lovely man, even when extremely busy he would always give you his time."

The leader of Hampshire County Council, Cllr Keith Mans, added: "David was a personal friend. I knew him for over 40 years, both as a candidate and later together when we were both MPs in Parliament.

“This is a tragic loss and I pass my heartfelt condolences to his wife, five children and his wider family.”