David Amess was born in 1952 in East London to James and Maud, who turned 101 in May 2013. He graduated in Economics from Bournemouth College of Technology in 1974. Following this, he worked as a junior school teacher and then in accountancy and recruitment. David was a Councillor in Redbridge from 1982 to 1986. David was first elected to Parliament to represent Basildon in 1983, and then stood in Southend West in 1997.
He has been an active MP in Parliament, sponsoring bills including the Pet Animals Bill in 1990, the Abortion (Amendment) Bill in 1996-7 and the Warm Homes Bill, which passed into law in December 2000. David often chairs debates in Parliament as a Member of the Chairman’s Panel. He is also a member of the Backbench Business Committee. David is passionate about animal welfare and pro-life issues. His favourite charities are the Fairhaven and St. Luke’s Hospices and the Salvation Army. He enjoys writing, sports and gardening.