Yarmouth MP pays tribute to MP Jo Cox who died after street shooting and stabbing

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall near Leeds. Photo: Labour Party/PA

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall near Leeds. Photo: Labour Party/PA - Credit: PA

Great Yarmouth’s MP has paid tribute to his MP colleague Jo Cox who died after being shot and stabbed in the street outside her constituency advice surgery.

The mother of two children aged three and five was attacked by a man reportedly shouting “Britain first” at lunchtime yesterday in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Eyewitnesses said he kicked and stabbed her and then shot her several times, the final shot aimed at her head.

Brandon Lewis, who is Minister of State for Housing and Planning, said he didn’t know her well, but they worked together as she was a member of the Department for Communities and Local Government select committee.

Mr Lewis said: “She was a lovely lady and a great MP. She cared passionately about her community and parliament. This is tragic news and my thoughts are with her friends and family.”

On the issue of security, he said his office follows the security advice of Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority. He added he was in regular contact with Norfolk Police.

The alleged gunman has been named locally as Tommy Mair, 52. He was arrested near the scene soon after the attack.

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The MP’s husband Brendan 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.”

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the country would be “in shock at the horrific murder” of the MP, who was a “much-loved colleague”.

The killing shocked Westminster and led to the suspension of campaigning in the EU referendum.