“Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it everyday of her life with an energy and a zest for life that would exhaust most people. She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”
Labour Party MP Jo Cox has died after being shot and stabbed multiple times following a with her constituents at Birstall Library in West Yorkshire, police
Member of Parliament Jo Cox died hours after the attack outside Birstall Library in West Yorkshire, police said. A second person, who has not been identified, was injured and taken a hospital.
A man Thomas Mair, 52, has been arrested for the attack. No known motive for the attack
Police described it as a “lone incident,” and are not searching for any other suspects.
“The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy,” Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted.
“She was a committed and caring MP. My thoughts are with her husband Brendan and her two young children.”
Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being shot and stabbed multiple times following a constituency meeting.
Armed officers responded to the attack near a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday afternoon. A 52-year-old man was arrested in the area, police confirmed. The suspect was named locally as Tommy Mair.
Police added that Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, had suffered serious injuries and was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday by a doctor with paramedics at the scene.
“Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.”
“He was fighting with her and wrestling with her and then the gun went off twice and then she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor.”
“He shot this lady and then shot her again,” he said. “He lent down. Someone was wrestling with him and he was wielding a knife and lunging at her. Three times she was shot. People were trying to help her.
“Then he ran off down a one-way street. Me and my mate drove round to try and find him.”
Thomas Mair suspect
Thomas Mair is the man arrested in connection with attack on Jo Cox was ‘a quiet loner who kept himself to himself’ The “loner” Thomas Mair, 52, who lived in a small semi detached house on the Field Head council estate in Birstall.
Reports say that the suspect shouted “Britain first”, a possible reference to the far-right political party of that name, as he launched the attack.
Thomas Mair being arrested by police
Born: 22 June 1974
Died: 16 June 2016 (aged 41)
Constituency: Labour MP for Batley & Spen since 2015
From: West Yorkshire
Education: Cambridge University. She was the first in her family to graduate from university
Family: Husband Brendan Cox and two children
Parliamentary interests: Foreign policy, international development, early years education, social isolation and regional devolution
Spent a decade working in a variety of roles with aid agency Oxfam before working as an advisor to Sarah Brown. Prior to standing for Parliament she worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Freedom Fund.
On 16 June 2016, Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she had been holding a surgery with her constituents. She subsequently died of her injuries. Paying tribute, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, “We have lost a much-loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace.”