UK MP Jo Cox dies after brutal attack

By DN 24 and agencies

Jo Cox, a member of the British parliament, died after being shot in northern England, UK police have said.

West Yorkshire Police said on Thursday a 52-year-old man had been arrested following the incident, which prompted the suspension of campaigning for next week’s EU referendum.

Local media reported that Labour party member Cox, 41, had been shot at her advice surgery in Birstall, near the city of Leeds.

At least one witness heard the suspect shout “Britain First” before the shooting and during the arrest, Sky News and the Guardian reported.

Britain First is a far-right party that regularly runs anti-Islam campaigns and has also been running a Brexit campaign. The party has, however, denied any involvement in the shooting of Cox.

‘Jo believed in a better world’

The MP’s husband Brendan Cox 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 poisonous.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took to his Twitter after the attack, saying, “[I’m] utterly shocked by the news of the attack on Jo Cox. The thoughts of the whole Labour Party are with her and her family at this time.”

UK Prime Minister David Cameron also posted a similar tweet, wishing her family well.

Vote Leave and their rival, Stronger in Europe, have both suspended campaigning in the EU referendum in light of the attack.

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