Kingdom united in grief after death of anti-Brexit MP Jo Cox
A woman pays tribute to Jo Cox in London. Photograph: (Getty)
Britain has been left deeply shocked after Labour member of Parliament Jo Cox was murdered on the streets of her constituency. She died after she was shot at least two times and stabbed in West Yorkshire.
The 41-year-old politician was kicked and left lying bleeding on the pavement in Birstall, near Leeds, an eyewitness said.
A second witness reported three shots including one "round the head area".
She was married with two young daughters aged three and five. Her husband, Brendan Cox, said in a statement that his wife "believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life".
He also urged people to "fight against the hatred that killed her". "Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous."
A fifty-two-year-old man has been arrested over the attack. He has been named locally as Tommy Mair. He was described by neighbours as a loner who never had a full-time job and had suffered mental illness in the past.
Police say they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the shooting.
British Prime Minister David Cameron paid tribute to the Labour politician saying, "We've lost a great star. She had a big heart and people are going to be very, very sad at what has happened."
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the country will be "in shock at the horrific murder" and said that Ms Cox was a "much loved colleague".
The EU referendum Remain and Leave campaigns suspended their activities for Thursday and Friday as a result of the attack and David Cameron cancelled a pro-EU rally in Gibraltar.
Incredibly sad to hear shocking news about Jo Cox. All my thoughts with Brendan and their children— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) June 16, 2016
Extremely sad news of the murder of Jo Cox MP, killed whilst serving her constituents, thinking of all who knew her— Chloe Smith (@NorwichChloe) June 16, 2016
Hoping, praying and thinking of Jo, Brendan and the children. GB— Gordon & Sarah Brown (@OfficeGSBrown) June 16, 2016
Absolutely devastated at Jo Cox death, a beautiful person, a wonderful caring and decent person, R.I.P. friend pic.twitter.com/LdKMlYOM0c— Angela Rayner MP (@AngelaRayner) June 16, 2016
Absolutely devastating news that the wonderful, beautiful & brilliant @Jo_Cox1 has died. All my thoughts are with Brendan & her children— Lucy Powell MP (@LucyMPowell) June 16, 2016
Please pray for our friend Jo Cox and her lovely staff and wonderful family x— Wes Streeting MP (@wesstreeting) June 16, 2016