Latest: British MP Jo Cox has died

Latest: British MP Jo Cox has died

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British MP Jo Cox has been shot and stabbed in a daylight attack today;

MP Cox has been airlifted to hospital, where her condition is critical;
A 52-year-old man has been arrested following the attack.

A second person, a man in his late 40s to early 50s, was injured during the incident.

All Brexit campaigning has been suspended for the day.

Update 5.20pm
Labour MP Jo Cox, 41, has died after being shot in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire Police said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the country would be “in shock at the horrific murder” of MP Jo Cox, who was a “much loved colleague”.
At a police press conference, Chief constable of West Yorkshire police Dee Collins said Jo Cox was declared dead at the scene.
The police officer said the area was now a crime scene and a full investigation is taking place.
The media have been asked to respect the privacy of the victims’ family.

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Update 3pm
All Brexit campaining has been suspended for the day.

Update 3.10pm
An eyewitness Clarke Rothwell has said that the man “purposefully targeted” Jo Cox.

Speaking to BBC News Rothwell, who owns the café beside the library, said Ms Cox was shot three times and people were trying to help her.

It is reported the man then ran off down a one-way street.

Update 2.40pm
A press release from West Yorkshire Police has said that a man in his 50’s was arrested following an attack on British MP Jo Cox on Market Street, Birstall.
The incident occurred at 12.53pm today.
A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries.

The incident occurred at 12.53pm today.
A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries.

Update 3pm
All Brexit campaining has been suspended for the day.

After a brief scuffle, he said the man stepped back and the MP became involved.
He added: “He was fighting with her and wrestling with her and then the gun went off twice and then she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor.”
After around 15 minutes, the shop owner said emergency services arrived and tended to her with a drip.

Earlier
A British MP Jo Cox has been shot and injured in an attack in her constituency near Leeds.
The Labour MP is a 41-year-old mother of two.

An eyewitness said the politician was left lying bleeding on the pavement after the incident in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

The attack took place near the town’s library where she held advice surgeries.
Ms Cox was elected to the seat of Batley and Spen at the last general election in 2015.

According to the BBC, a primary school is in lockdown and a gunman may be on the loose near the shooting at Birstall.

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Neil
Jun 17, 2016 5:37 pm

What a brutal murder, Jo rest in peace.

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