British Labour MP Jo Cox dies after being shot and stabbed

Cox reportedly got involved in a scuffle between two men in the village of Birstall. An eyewitness said one of the men was fighting with Cox and then a gun went off twice.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: June 16, 2016 11:17 pm
Jo Cox, Labour party, Labour party MP, british MP dies, British MP killed, British MP stabbed, Jo Cox Tragedy Tributes, Jo Cox Background, Brexit, David Cameron reaction, Latest News, World News Labour MP Jo Cox was holding a meeting with constituents, in her local constituency when an altercation reportedly led to the attack. (AP Photo)

A 41-year-old British woman MP from the opposition Labour Party was today killed after being reportedly shot and stabbed in her constituency in northern England, a week before the crucial referendum on UK’s EU membership.

Labour MP Jo Cox was holding a meeting with constituents, in her local constituency when an altercation reportedly led to the attack. Cox was rushed to Leeds General Infirmary, where armed police stood guard while medical experts tried to save her life inside.

Another man, in his 70s, was also injured in the attack and is also being treated for his wounds, which are said to be non-life threatening. A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “We are sad to confirm that Jo Cox died from the injuries she sustained in the attack today.”

READ: British PM Cameron expresses concern after Labour MP Jo Cox stabbed

“We urge any eyewitnesses who were in the area to come forward and help us with our inquiries to establish actually what exactly happened,” the spokesperson added. West Yorkshire Police confirmed a 52-year-old man has been
arrested. Weapons, including a firearm, have been seized from the man.

“We are not looking for anyone else in relation to this tragic incident,” the spokesperson said. The arrested man has been locally named as Tommy Mair but there is no confirmation on the motive or the exact nature of the attack, with some local witnesses describing hearing gun-shots while others saying it was a stabbing incident.

Sanjeev Kumar, an Indian-origin shopkeeper from the area, told BBC: “She was lying on the pavement and bleeding a lot. Someone had already called for an ambulance by the time I got to the scene”. The local community is to hold a vigil in Cox’s memory at the local church in Birstall.

She is survived by her husband and two children. Cox retained the Batley and Spen constituency for the Labour party in the 2015 General Election and has been in Parliament for just over a year.

READ MORE | Tributes pour in for Labour MP Jo Cox

She was due to celebrate her 42nd birthday next Wednesday and had been spoken of as a future minister for the Labour party due to her reputation as a strong politician and plain speaker.

As a sign of respect, both sides campaigning for next Thursday’s European Union (EU) – Britain Stronger in Europe
and Vote Leave – announced they would suspend their campaign for today.

BACKGROUND
– She attended Cambridge University, becoming the first in her family to attend university, graduating in 1995.

– Cox worked in North Carolina on U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign, as well as working in Brussels for Member of the European Parliament Glens Kinnock.

– She also worked in senior roles for aid agency Oxfam, and later on a campaign to prevent deaths in childbirth with Sarah Brown, the wife of former British prime minister Gordon Brown.

EUROPEAN UNION

– Following her election to parliament in 2015, Cox was outspoken in support of Britain’s membership of the European Union.

“Responsible debate is paramount,” she wrote on her website at the start of the referendum campaign in February. “I fear, however, that we won’t get it. What I do know is that Britain should be engaged and leading in Europe not disengaged and waving goodbye.”

IMMIGRATION

– In her first speech after becoming an MP she praised the positive impact immigration has had on her constituency, Batley and Spen, a semi-rural area near the city of Leeds in northern England that has seen high levels of immigration from South Asia.

SYRIA

– Cox co-chaired a parliamentary group “Friends of Syria”. The group’s stated aim is: “To build a greater understanding in Parliament of the current conflict in Syria and to allow parliamentarians to discuss the diplomatic, humanitarian and military options for UK policy.”

In May this year, she criticised Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama for putting the Syrian civil war “on the ‘too difficult’ pile.” She abstained in a December 2015 vote on whether to approve air strikes in Syria.

LABOUR LEADER JEREMY CORBYN

– Cox was one of the 36 Labour Members of Parliament who nominated Socialist Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader after the resignation of Ed Miliband following the party’s defeat in last year’s general election. She later voted for a different candidate and in May this year criticised the party’s performance in local elections.

ALSO READ | ‘The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy,’ says British PM David Cameron

Inputs from agencies.

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    Tony
    Jun 16, 2016 at 11:48 pm
    1st shooting of pro immigration Muslims member parliament in Britain...shooter was shouting 'Britain First ' ..... Waiting for someone to do this in India and shouting 'India First '
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      Tony
      Jun 17, 2016 at 12:25 am
      True....1st shooting of pro immigration Muslims member parliament in Britain...shooter was shouting 'Britain First ' ..... Waiting for someone to do this in India and shouting 'India First '
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        Tony
        Jun 17, 2016 at 12:07 am
        When our India's dirty politicians are going to experience these kind of side effects of their anti country activities
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          Tony
          Jun 17, 2016 at 12:03 am
          When our dirty politicians are going to experience these types.
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            Tony
            Jun 17, 2016 at 12:29 am
            ہمارے بھارت کی گندی سیاست دان اپنے مخالف ملک کے سرگرمیوں کے ضمنی اثرات کے ان قسم کا تجربہ کرنے جا رہے ہیں
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              Tony
              Jun 17, 2016 at 12:30 am
              ہمارے بھارت کی گندی سیاست دان اپنے مخالف ملک کے سرگرمیوں کے ضمنی اثرات کے ان قسم کا تجربہ کرنے جا رہے ہیں.........When our India's dirty politicians are going to experience these kind of side effects of their anti country activities
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                Arish Sahani
                Jun 16, 2016 at 5:27 pm
                Only saudis know how to destroy a nation Using locals. Convert them to islamic force who will bow to them 5 times a day once done make them do what they want ,Local convert will be destroying own nations 57 nations dead now others to follow.
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                  ashok s
                  Jun 16, 2016 at 11:11 pm
                  West you made guns and other amunos ,now they are being fired on you and other innocence every where and now and then . west should introspect . lgbt,drugs, terrorism is your givings to world and now your responsiblity to clear off the menance
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                    Rajesh
                    Jun 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm
                    "seem to think feku is responsible for everything in the Universe".....sounds like you are confusing me with Khujliwala! lol.
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                      Rajesh
                      Jun 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm
                      Another nut case with an underwear obsession.
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                        Rajesh
                        Jun 16, 2016 at 6:09 pm
                        Come one, pressutes. Surely you can find some way to blame Modi for this. Try harder!
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                          Rajesh
                          Jun 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm
                          Just look at the Jay below, or any of your comments, you moron.
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                            Rajesh
                            Jun 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm
                            You worry about his poor duffer son!
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                              Rajesh
                              Jun 16, 2016 at 9:11 pm
                              lol, ch..tiya find out what sarcasm is.
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                                Kumar
                                Jun 16, 2016 at 8:34 pm
                                Sad news. May God bless her soul. Name of the killer?
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                                  vinay
                                  Jun 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm
                                  lol ! namo cheerGirls like you are mindlessly obsessed with your politcal overlord and seem to think feku is responsible for everything in the Universe. This article is about events in the United Kingdom ! kindly learn to read before you begin your ritual BootL1cking.
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                                    Jana
                                    Jun 16, 2016 at 5:10 pm
                                    Great, sorry in the hour of distress, but you guys deserve it....but really sorry about what happened to that hapless woman...
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                                      babu
                                      Jun 16, 2016 at 6:01 pm
                                      If This guy have done same to chaddi chandra swami Rajiv must be alive today
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                                        babu
                                        Jun 16, 2016 at 5:59 pm
                                        Without local convert you can't even defend your self and your lovers in chaddis Look at your history
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                                          BharatK
                                          Jun 16, 2016 at 9:50 pm
                                          Life is like that, so fragile. We do not know the very next moment. But some people thinks they are invincible. May her atma rest in peace. May Ishwar give enough strengths to her young children, and her husband and family. AUM Shantih!
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                                            Shabab
                                            Jun 16, 2016 at 10:30 pm
                                            Its unfortunate. He had a future as a PM of UK. May Almighty give your soul an eternal peace cox. Adios!
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