Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, has died after a shooting attack outside Birstall Library, where she was holding a surgery.

Witnesses reported seeing a man wearing a dirty white baseball cap struggle with another man before shooting Cox twice, and then kicking her on the floor.

Cox was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary office, but later died of her injuries.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

West Yorkshire Police released a statement saying:

“At 12.53 today, police were called to a report of an incident on Market Street, Birstall, where a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries and is in a critical condition.

“A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries.

“Armed officers attended and a 52-year-old man was arrested in the area. There are no further details at present.

“Police presence in the area has been increased as a reassurance to the community.”

Jo Cox’s husband, Brendan released a statement after her death, saying:

“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”

Upon hearing the news of the attack, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said:

“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.”

Prime Minister David Cameron said:

“Very concerned about reports Jo Cox has been injured. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jo and her family.”

Cox, 41, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2015 having previously worked with charities Oxfam and Save the Children. She has been a major campaigner for Palestinian statehood and is co-chair of the APPG on Syria.

The Prime Minister and Home Office ministers receive police protection, but the majority of MPs are not provided protection.



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