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British MP killed in shooting attack

Women's shoes and a handbag lie on the ground behind a police cordon in Birstall near Leeds. REUTERS/Phil Noble

British MP killed in shooting attack

A British MP has been killed after being shot and stabbed while undertaking work in her constituency.

Labour MP Jo Cox, who had previously worked for humanitarian agencies including Oxfam, was left bleeding on the ground after the attack in West Yorkshire.

A 52-year-old man was said to have walked calmly away after the attack and was arrested nearby.

Tributes flooded in from politicians including David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn and US Secretary of State John Kerry.

 

British MP Jo Cox is seen in Westminster May 12, 2015. REUTERS

British MP Jo Cox is seen in Westminster May 12, 2015. REUTERS

 

Jo Cox leaves behind a husband and two children, aged three and five.

In a statement 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.

“Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.”

Cox, despite having been in Parliament for just over a year, was considered a rising star.

 

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