Jo Cox death: Parliament recalled and Cameron and Corbyn unite to honour murdered Labour MP - as it happened

A suspect has been arrested after the Labour MP's death on Thursday

Lizzie Dearden
Friday 17 June 2016 08:03
David Cameron with Jeremy Corbyn in Birstall
David Cameron with Jeremy Corbyn in Birstall

Investigations are continuing into the death of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed on Thursday in her constituency in Birstall. Here are the latest updates:

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Mrs Cox, the mother of two children, was attacked by a man reportedly shouting “Britain first” at lunchtime on Thursday after an advice surgery in her constituency.

Witnesses said her assailant kicked and stabbed her and then shot her several times, the final shot aimed at her head.

The alleged gunman was arrested near the scene soon after the attack.

Tributes paid to Jo Cox

The MP's husband, Brendan, said his wife’s family and friends would work against the “hate that killed Jo” for the rest of their lives.

“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.

”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.

"Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full."

Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said the country was “in shock”, while David Cameron and politicians of all parties have paid tribute to Mrs Cox’s work and legacy.

The killing led to the suspension of campaigning in the EU referendum, where Mrs Cox had vocally supported the Remain campaign and joined an anti-Brexit counter-protect on the Thames the day before her death.

She was also known for her campaigning for victims of the Syrian civil war and calls for more refugees to be accepted in the UK.

Mr Corbyn and a number of other MPs attended an impromptu vigil in Parliament Square and flowers were laid nearby in tribute, while people have gathered for memorial services in her constituency of Batley and Spen.

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