Everything We Know So Far About the Shooting of UK MP Jo Cox

The MP has been shot and killed in her West Yorkshire constituency. A 52-year-old man has been arrested.

by VICE Staff
Jun 16 2016, 4:30pm

MP Jo Cox in 2015. Photo by Yui Mok via PA Wire/Press Association Images

Jo Cox, a member of Parliament in the UK's Labour Party, has died. She was shot and stabbed in her constituency in West Yorkshire, England. Here's what we know so far:

  • At around 12:53 PM, Cox was shot and stabbed near the Birstall library, where she was meeting with voters for her weekly constituent meeting. It's unclear how many times she was shot at this stage, but one eyewitness told the BBC she was shot three times. After the attack, she was taken by air ambulance to Leeds General Infirmary. Armed police have been stationed outside the hospital.
  • A 52-year-old man has been arrested near Birstall in West Yorkshire in connection with the shooting, police have said. He has been named locally as Tommy Mair. Police are searching his house.

  • Another man sustained minor injuries from the incident. His identity has not yet been revealed.
  • According to eyewitness accounts, the man who shot her shouted "Britain First, Britain First." Jayda Fransen, deputy leader of Britain First, has stated that the party was "looking into the reports right now."

    "We were extremely shocked to see these reports, and we are keen to confirm them, because of course at the moment it is hearsay," she said. "This has just been bought to our attention. This is absolutely not the kind of behavior we would condone."
  • On Twitter, Britain First posted: "Media desperately trying to incriminate Britain First in the shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox."
  • David Cameron, Jeremy Corbyn, and scores of MPs have both tweeted their shock at the incident. Both the Leave and Remain campaigns have suspended campaigning for the day.
  • Cox, 41, has been in Parliament for just over a year. She has been vocal in her support for air strikes on Syria for humanitarian reasons. Last October, she launched the all-parliamentary group for "Friends Of Syria," which she chairs.
  • The mother of two grew up in her Batley and Spen constituency, and went to Cambridge University. After graduating, she built a career working for charities, campaigning against poverty and discrimination. She worked as the head of policy at Oxfam, before moving on to become a senior advisor at Freedom Fund, an anti-slavery organization. She also chaired the Labour Women's Network and was one of the MPs who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leadership.

    More updates as we have them.

  • Police at the scene in Birstall, Yorkshire. Photograph via Twitter user @ScotsFootyCards

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