A follower of Islamic State has been found guilty of murdering the Conservative MP David Amess, who was killed in his constituency last year.
Ali Harbi Ali stabbed the MP for Southend West more than 20 times as Amess met members of the public at a local church in October 2021.
Ali was on Monday convicted of murder and preparing acts of terrorism and will be sentenced Wednesday.
He had denied the charges and claimed he targeted the MP over his vote for airstrikes on Syria, but the judge, Justice Sweeney, said Ali had no legal defense for the killing.
During the trial, jurors heard how the killer had researched and planned attacks on other MPs, including Cabinet minister Michael Gove who Ali believed was “a harm to Muslims.”
Ali stabbed Amess after tricking his way into a meeting by pretending to be a National Health Service employee moving to the area.
In his evidence, Ali told the court he wanted to travel to Syria to join Islamic State but it was too “difficult” so he decided to “help Muslims here” instead.
He said he had no regrets or shame about the murder, telling the court: “If I thought I did anything wrong, I wouldn’t have done it.”
Amess had served as an MP for 24 years and his death drew tributes from across the political spectrum, as well as prompting fresh questions about the personal security of British MPs, who make themselves openly available to the public at weekly meetings known as “surgeries.”
Following his death, Boris Johnson announced that Southend, Amess’s constituency, would be awarded the status of a city, one of the many causes close to the late MP’s heart.