Thursday, 16 June 2016


The 41-year-old Labour politician, who had two young children, was also reportedly kicked and left lying bleeding on the pavement.
20:00, UK,Thursday 16 June 2016

Labour MP Jo Cox has died after she was shot and stabbed on a street in her West Yorkshire constituency.
The 41-year-old politician, who was married with two young daughters aged three and five, was also kicked and left lying bleeding on the pavement in Birstall, near Leeds, an eyewitness said.
Another witness reported three shots, including one "round the head area".
The attack is believed to have taken place as Mrs Cox came out of the town's library, where she had been holding an advice surgery and meeting constituents.
Mrs Cox, who was elected as MP for the Batley and Spen seat in last year's general election, was taken to hospital in a critical condition but police later confirmed she had died.
Her husband, Brendan Cox, said his wife "believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life".
He also urged people to "fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous".
Mr Cox had earlier tweeted a picture of the former senior Oxfam activist near Tower Bridge, close to where the family have a houseboat.
Jo Cox shooting
A 52-year-old man has been arrested. He has been named locally as Tommy Mair, and police say they are not looking for anyone else.
A 77-year-old man suffered non-threatening injuries in a nearby attack, according to officers.
Eyewitness Hichem Ben Abdallah said a "very brave" bystander tried to stop a man who pulled out a gun and shot Mrs Cox twice and also assaulted her.
Shooting  eyewitness
Some reports said that two men had been involved in an argument in the street before Ms Cox intervened and was then attacked.
Mr Abdallah, who was in a cafe next door to the library, told Sky News he saw people rushing down the road towards the library and heard two shots.
He saw a man wearing a "dirty white baseball cap" who started "jostling with somebody", a bystander who appeared to be trying to stop him.
He said: "There was a guy who was being very brave and another guy with a white baseball cap who he was trying to control, and the man in the baseball cap suddenly pulled a gun from his bag.
"He was fighting with her and wrestling with her and then the gun went off twice."
Mr Abdallah said Mrs Cox was shot from between two cars and then kicked as she lay on the ground.
"It looked like a gun from, I don't know, the First World War or a makeshift, handmade gun. It's not sort of like the kind of gun you see normally."
TNESS HITCHEM BEN-ABDALLAH
Mr Abdallah described a hysterical situation with lots of people screaming, but added that the gunman walked off "very, very coolly, very slowly".
Mrs Cox is the first MP to be murdered in office since Conservative politician Ian Gow was killed by an IRA car bomb in 1990.
Her death has shocked Westminster, with many tributes coming from across the political divide.
Jeremy Corbyn
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she was a "much-loved colleague" who "died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve".
He later led a vigil surrounded by colleagues in Parliament Square, telling reporters that the politician's death was "beyond appalling".
Prime Minister David Cameron said: "We've lost a great star. She had a big heart and people are going to be very, very sad at what has happened."
The EU referendum Remain and Leave campaigns suspended their activities for Thursday and Friday as a result of the attack, and Mr Cameron cancelled a pro-EU rally in Gibraltar.