Tributes paid in memory of killed British Member of Parliament

June 17, 2016, 2:03 am

Tributes have been paid around the world to Labour MP Jo Cox, who died after being shot and stabbed.

The 41-year-old was attacked after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire on Thursday.

Among those who honoured Mrs Cox was Hillary Clinton, the US Democratic Party's presidential hopeful, who said: "It is cruel and terrible that her life was cut short."

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.


Mrs Clinton said it was "critical" Britain and the United States "stand together against hatred and violence".

Another US politician, Gabrielle Giffords, who was the victim of an assassination attempt in 2011, wrote on Twitter that she was "absolutely sickened" by the killing, praising Mrs Cox as "young, courageous, and hardworking. A rising star, mother, and wife".

Tributes have also be paid from across Europe to Mrs Cox, who had campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU.

Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West, said: "Jo was so loved in her community she was part of it and MPs, if they are going to do their job, need to be part of their community to do these advice surgeries.

"We can't let the behaviour of one man destroy that link between MPs and their constituencies."

Ms Reeves has closed her constituency office with "safety in mind" following Mrs Cox's death.

On Thursday, hundreds of people of all faiths packed into Saint Peter's Church in Birstall for a service of remembrance a while a vigil was also held outside Parliament.

Churches in the parish of Batley have announced they are to remain open on Friday for those wishing to pay their respects.

The Rt Rev Dr Jonathan Gibbs, The Bishop of Huddersfield, said: "All of us held Jo in enormous affection and respect. The sadness is seeping into us more deeply."

"I was privileged to know Jo, it's going to be a really tough day we'll be drawing deep on the resources of our faith."

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