Jo Cox Labour MP dies after being shot and stabbed

The Labour MP Jo Cox has died after being shot three times and repeatedly stabbed in a shocking attack as she arrived at her constituency surgery.

Mother-of-two Jo Cox, 41, was airlifted to hospital after a gunman opened fire on her in Birstall near Leeds. Witnesses said the man was at the office before she arrived and shot her three times, once in the head, before stabbing her with ‘a foot-long knife’ as she lay on the ground.

Jo Cox Labour MP dies after being shot and stabbed

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.

David Cameron also tweeted to express his condolences.

Mr Kerry said: “It is an assault on everybody who cares about and has faith in democracy.”

Her husband Brendan tweeted a photo of his wife two hours after she died from catastrophic injuries. He later urged people to ‘fight against the hatred that killed her.’
 
In a statement, he said: ‘Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.
 
‘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.
 
‘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 poisionous.
 
‘Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.’

 

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