The grieving husband of Jo Cox, the Labour MP shot and stabbed to death, has called on people to fight “the hatred that killed her” as detectives investigated whether her killing was politically motivated.
The 41-year-old mother of two young children was the victim of a daylight attack outside her West Yorkshire constituency surgery by a man who, according to two witnesses, shouted “Britain first” during the assault.
The first killing of a serving MP since Irish Republicans murdered Ian Gow in 1990 stunned Westminster on Thursday and led to the suspension of campaigning for next week’s EU referendum until Saturday. Cox had taken part in a high-profile event on Wednesday supporting the remain campaign on the river Thames.
Police arrested a 52-year-old man, named locally as Thomas Mair, who was described as using an “old-fashioned” gun and a knife in the attack, shortly before 1pm. Eyewitnesses said Cox’s attacker approached her outside the public library in Birstall when she left her constituency surgery with her aides. In a tussle, he shot her up to three times and stabbed her repeatedly. Read more