Pro-EU British MP dies after street stabbing, shooting in constituency

Jo Cox, a popular first-time Labour MP from West Yorkshire and a “Remain in EU” supporter, died on Thursday after being stabbed and shot by a man in her constituency, sending shock waves across Britain’s political establishment.
Cox, 42, was the MP from Batley and Spen, nearly 340 km north of London. She was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary after being attacked in the market town of Birstall around 1pm GMT.
Acting Chief Constable Dee Collins of West Yorkshire Police said authorities couldn’t discuss any motive for the shooting yet but they had made an arrest and were not looking for anyone else in connection with the attack.
British media quoted at least three named witnesses as saying that the attacker shouted “Britain first” during the attack. Graeme Howard told The Guardian: “I heard the shot and I ran outside and saw some ladies from the cafe running out with towels... He (the attacker) was shouting Britain first when he was doing it... He was pinned down by two police officers and she was taken away in an ambulance.”
“Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve. It is a profoundly important cause for us all,” Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party, said.
British prime minister David Cameron tweeted: “The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy. She was a committed and caring MP (Member of Parliament). My thoughts are with her husband Brendan and her two young children.”
The “Vote Leave” and “Remain” groups campaigning for the June 23 referendum on Britain’s future in the European Union suspended their campaign for the day after the attack. MPs and others said they were shocked and shaken by the incident.

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox is seen in Westminster May 12, 2015. (Reuters File Photo)

Sanjeev Kumar, a shop-owner near a library where Cox was meeting constituents, told BBC he heard of the incident from customers and went out to see Cox lying in a pool of blood on the pavement.
Other witnesses said they saw Cox being hit by a white man of medium height who was wearing a baseball cap and grey clothes. The MP was targeted after she became involved in an altercation between two arguing men, they said.
West Yorkshire police said: “At 12.53 today, police were called to a report of an incident on Market Street, Birstall, where a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries and is in a critical condition.
“A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries. Armed officers attended and a 52-year-old man was arrested in the area.”

Items on the ground at the scene after Labour Member of Parilament Jo Cox was shot and injured in an attack, in Birstall, West Yorkshire, England, Thursday. (AP Photo)

Cox, a former aid worker with Oxfam, was married and has two children. She was an active member of parliamentary groups working on Palestine, Pakistan, Jammu and Kashmir and Yorkshire’s regional economy.
Brendan Cox, the husband of the murdered Labour MP, said in a statement: “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.”
The attack renewed concern over security for members of parliament, who regularly meet constituents in their local offices. Such attacks are rare in a country that has considerably less security for political respresentatives than India.



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