Jo Cox
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  • Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, West Yorkshire has been killed in a gun and knife attack in Birstall, North West Yorkshire.
  • The Press Association reported that she was seen lying and bleeding on the pavement in Birstall, West Yorkshire
  • While she was airlifted to hospital in Leeds, Cox was reported to have died at the scene
  • A man, aged 52 and named locally as Thomas Mair has been arrested in connection with the attack
  • According to eye witnesses the gunman shouted 'Britain First' before shooting and stabbing Cox
  • Britain First's Deputy leader, Jayda Fransen, has denied to IBTimes UK any connection between her organisation and the attacker who reportedly shouted the group's name before opening fire.
Jo Cox MP dies after shooting in West Yorkshire IBTimes UK

On an emotional day for the Labour Party, Rosena Allin-Khan has won the Tooting by-election with a majority three times that of her predecessor, London mayor Saddiq Khan.

There was two minutes' silence during the count and poignantly, she before the murder of Jo Cox, she would have been the 100th Labour woman MP.

She said "My thoughts and prayers are with Jo's husband and her children. She was a proud and passionate campaigner who will be desperately missed."


Some sources have told Sky that there could be a recall of parliament to pay tribute to Jo Cox.


A vigil took place at St Peter's Church in Birstall. Labour's Yvette Cooper (fourth from left) embraces the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines, following the service.

Yvette Cooper (fourth left) is embraced as she leaves St Peter's Church Birstall, after a vigil following the death of Labour MP Jo Cox on June 16, 2016 in Birstall, England Getty


The MP's local church will open its doors on Friday for condolences and prayers.


The Canadian MP Nathan Cullen broke down in tears in the Canadian parliament as he paid tribute to Jo Cox whom he knew personally.

The MP for Skeena-Bulkley Valley, made an emotional statement in the Canadian House of Commons, describing her as a mother and friend.

"Jo used her voice for those who have none. She dedicated her passion to those who needed it most and she harnessed her limitless love, even and especially for those who allowed hate to consume them," he said.


US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton has issued a statement of condolence about the killing of the MP Jo Cox.

Hillary Clinton on Twitter






The tragic death of Jo Cox - but also her inspiring life, her incredible work - have made headlines around the world.

This from the Washington Post:

This from Australia's ABC.


Breaking news: Sky News: many MPs are asking for Parliament to be recalled to pay tribute to Jo Cox MP.

More soon.


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News of the brutal killing of MP Jo Cox dominate the newspaper front pages the morning after her death


11pm. A two-minute silence is being held at Wandsworth Town Hall during counting for the Tooting by-election count.


Not surpisingly, Friday's papers (17 June) are dominated by horrific events from West Yorkshire. The Mirror is reporting that brave bystanders surrounded the alleged gunman preventing him from inflicting more carnage.

More on tomorrow's front pages soon.


Touching tribute at Walthamstow Labour Party offices



Alex Massie's angry, thoughtful article for The Spectator has gone viral and been praised by most who read it. Here's a sample:

"When you shout BREAKING POINT over and over again, you don't get to be surprised when someone breaks. When you present politics as a matter of life and death, as a question of national survival, don't be surprised if someone takes you at your word. You didn't make them do it, no, but you didn't do much to stop it either."


Sarah and Gordon Brown
Gordon and Sarah Brown at Downing Street

Sarah Brown, wife of ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown, knew Jo well. She said:

"She was so delighted to represent her home area in Batley and Spen. This has just been so heartbreaking. This is something that's so difficult to understand happening in our own country. I know (her husband) Brendan has made a beautiful statement this evening where he's wanted to surround those children with love but also make sure they hold all the hatred in an act like that at bay."


Sky News received a statement from Ireland's President Michael Higgins:

"I have heard of the death of Jo Cox MP in West Yorkshire with the greatest sadness.

"As all of us sympathise with her family, including her young children, all of us who are committed to democratic politics must also acknowledge our being shocked, appalled and outraged at the attack on her.

"Giving public service, assisting others and sharing in discourse at times of divided opinion is a necessary part of democracy. To see a young parliamentarian killed in the course of her work is especially shocking.

"That she has died in that service makes a dreadful comment on our times. Her loss must not be in vain."