Newspaper headlines: Nation mourns MP Jo Cox after killing and Major Tim heads home

Photographs of makeshift memorials and vigils for Labour MP Jo Cox appear on the front pages following her killing in West Yorkshire on Thursday.

The charging of a man with the murder of the 41-year-old came after the papers went to press and the focus for the Guardian, Daily Mail and Times is the news conference held by West Yorkshire Police in which they outlined their "lines of inquiry" while a suspect was still being questioned.

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The front page of the Daily Mirror reflects on the life of the Mrs Cox, a mother-of-two who was elected to Parliament only last year after a career as an aid worker.

Alongside a photograph released by Mrs Cox's husband, Brendan, showing her with their children in a woodland, the Mirror carries the headline: "Politician, humanitarian, campaigner, daughter, wife... Mum".

The splash in the Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, reports female MPs had repeatedly raised concerns their security was at risk and formally warned a politician could be killed because of growing hostility to them, particularly on social media.

The Financial Times covers the scenes in Birstall in Mrs Cox's constituency where David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn laid floral tributes to the MP, close to where she was stabbed and shot. The prime minister and Labour leader, says the FT, stood together in a rare show of political unity.

During the day, reports the i, the flowers placed by the marketplace in the village "steadily spread onto the cobbles as a stream of well-wishers arrived to pay their respects.

"Colleagues, people she has helped out as constituents, even political foes."

Reporting from the scene for the Guardian, Nazia Parveen and Helen Pidd write: "It had been 24 hours since the killing of Jo Cox, 'the local girl everyone loved', and those she lived and worked among were still in disbelief at her brutal and senseless death".


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New approach?

The Remain and Vote Leave sides in the EU referendum have suspended national campaigning following the death of Jo Cox, and the Times suggests the MP's killing has reshaped the run-up to the 23 June vote.

For the Daily Mirror's political editor, Jason Beattie, the tone of the referendum had been characterised by vitriol and animosity - but that has now changed fundamentally.

"Both sides have been forced to reconsider­ their approach," he writes. "The public will expect them to conduct themselves in her honour: As someone who sought to unite, not divide."

But the Daily Mail accuses commentators backing Remain of trying to make political capital from Mrs Cox's death.

"We cannot believe that this is what Mrs Cox, who clearly cared passionately about democracy, would have wanted," it says.

In the Brexit-supporting Daily Express, Ross Clark writes had she not been attacked, the MP "would no doubt have been spending the next few days in and out of public meetings and TV studios advocating a cause which she passionately believed in: For Britain to remain in the EU.

"Whether we agree or disagree with her on that, on one thing almost all of us will be united: That we will never allow violence to silence democratic debate."

In a leading article, the Sun says it is "vital the referendum campaign restarts quickly and with a new emphasis on civility".


Switching support

After the Sun urged its readers to vote to leave the EU, its sister title in Rupert Murdoch's News UK business, the Times, has come out in support of Remain.

In a full page leading article titled "Remaking Europe", the paper contends that a vote for Brexit "is unquestionably economically riskier than a vote to remain".

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The Times adds: "We respect the arguments of those who would have Britain leave, but on balance we believe Britain would be better off leading a renewed drive for reform within the EU rather than starting afresh outside it."

It says the "best outcome... would be a new alliance of sovereign EU nations dedicated to free trade and reform, led by Britain".

Meanwhile, in the Daily Telegraph, former Chief of Defence Staff Lord Guthrie reveals he is switching his support from the Remain camp to Leave.

In February, Lord Guthrie agreed to be a co-signatory to a letter in favour of staying in the EU. But he tells the Telegraph of his "anxiety about a growing EU role in defence", and fears of a possible future European army.

The Ministry of Defence has ruled out UK involvement in any such grouping but Lord Guthrie says: "It would be a signal disaster to have a European Army as rivals to Nato. I am concerned that the Army which I was in for 45 years could become very damaged and therefore less useful to our country."


Inspirational astronaut

Finally, the papers set the scene as British astronaut Tim Peake and his two crewmates prepare to return to Earth from the International Space Station.

The trio marked the official end of their six-month mission when they boarded a Soyuz capsule during the night ahead of the descent.

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The astronauts will travel through the atmosphere at more than 17,000mph, before parachutes slow the capsule down but a bumpy landing in Kazahkstan is assured, says the Sun.

After 186 days floating in the peace and weightlessness of orbit, Major Peake will endure a "fiery and sometimes violent joyride home", reports the Times.

It typically take astronauts one to four weeks to recover but the long-term health implications of extended space flight are still not well understood, the paper adds.

Astronauts on the ISS are said to lose 10% of their bone density over six months and according to the Daily Telegraph, Major Peake has already been invited to meet the Duchess of Cornwall - the president of the National Osteoporosis Society - to discuss whether his time in space could help the organisation.

Writing in the i, Alice Jones says Britain's first government-funded astronaut "will surely inspire a generation of boys and girls to think they might, one day, do the same".

"Peake's mission is a glimmer of the good that humanity, openness and international co-operation can achieve," she adds.


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