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UK police charge 25 years old for murder of MP David Amess: What you need to know

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Ali Harbi Ali has been charged with murder after British MP David Amess was stabbed to death in London last Friday, also faces a separate charge of preparing acts of terrorism.

Amess, a 69- year old father-of-five, was killed as he met constituents at a church hall, in the second such death of a British MP in the last five years.

Mr Ali is a British man whose father is a former adviser to Somalia's prime minister.

Nick Price, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "We will submit to the court that this murder has a terrorist connection, namely that it had both religious and ideological motivations."

The death of Amess, who had served in Parliament for almost 40 years and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2015, has shocked Britain, especially its politicians, who pride themselves on being accessible to their constituents.

Amess, 69, was a social conservative who opposed abortion, campaigned for animal rights and strongly supported Britain's exit from the European Union.

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