Thursday, June 16, 2016

Jo Cox death: Vigils held in memory of killed Labour MP

Vigils have been held for Labour MP Jo Cox, who died after being shot and stabbed in the street on Thursday.
Hundreds of people packed into a church in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday evening, while a vigil was also held outside Parliament.  Mrs Cox's husband said the mother-of-two had fought for "a better world".

Her attacker is reported to have shouted "put Britain first" at least twice. A 52-year-old man, named locally as Tommy Mair, has been arrested.

The attack happened not far from Birstall Library, where Mrs Cox, who was 41, had been holding a constituency surgery on Thursday. She had been the MP for Batley and Spen since last year.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy. She was a committed and caring MP." US presidential contender Hillary Clinton has also spoken of a "cruel and terrible assassination".

Mrs Cox was married to campaigner Brendan Cox, and she had two young children, with the family dividing its time between its constituency home and a river boat on the Thames.

Following his wife's death, Mr Cox tweeted a picture of his wife standing by the side of the River Thames in London.

"Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy and a zest for life that would exhaust most people."  He said in a statement: "Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.

Mr Cox vowed to "work against the hate that killed his wife" and added: "Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love."

Flags are flying at half mast above Downing Street, Buckingham Palace and across Whitehall.

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen would write privately to Mrs Cox's husband. - Read More 
Jo Cox death: Vigils held in memory of killed Labour MP - BBC

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