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Summary

  1. Reaction and tributes to Jo Cox MP who was killed in Birstall near Leeds resume on Friday from 07:00
  2. Live updates on Thursday 16 June 2016

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By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Jo Cox

MP Jo Cox dies from her injuries after she was shot and stabbed in an attack at her West Yorkshire constituency.

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Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Our live courage has ended for the day. 

You can continue to follow the story on BBC News here and get the latest updates from the BBC Politics Live team

Detained man 'did gardening chores', neighbours say

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Neighbours said they did not think he had a job or drove a car, and described how he would do gardening chores for local people. 

David Pickles said he didn't know of any connection between his neighbour and Jo Cox.

He's lived there longer than me and I've lived here since 1975. I still can't believe it. He's the last guy I would have thought of. "He's just quiet. He kept himself to himself. He lived by himself. He's been on his own for about 20 years. "I've never seen a lot of people visiting or anything like that, but he likes gardening. He did a lot of people's gardens round here. But he did it quietly.

David PicklesNeighbour

'We all grieve with you' - former Labour leader Ed Miliband

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband praised MP Jo Cox's widower, Brendan Cox's "extraordinary dignity, love and compassion". He added: "Brendan - we all stand with you and grieve with you."  

Ed Miliband
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My heart breaks for the loss of Jo Cox and for Brendan and their kids. She was so full of life and joy. Words feel hopeless right now.

Ed MilibandFormer Labour Party Leader

Former MEP pays tribute to 'beloved friend'

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Former Labour MEP Baroness Glenys Kinnock paid tribute to "my beloved friend Jo Cox". 

The tragic death of Jo Cox is devastating. I send all my love to Brendan, their children and her devoted parents.

Baroness Glenys KinnockFormer Labour MEP

Arrested man described as a 'loner' by neighbours

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

A man held over the attack on Labour MP Jo Cox has been described as a "loner" by neighbours. 

Local man Tommy Mair, 52, was detained by police near his home in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Neighbours said he lived on his own for the last two decades since the deaths of his mother and grandmother.

US Department of State 'shocked and appalled'

US Department of State's spokesman John Kirby says it is "shocked and appalled" by the murder of Jo Cox. 

.@statedeptspox Kirby comments on tragic murder of UK MP #JoCox. snpy.tv/1Q8T28Y

Former PM Tony Blair says Jo Cox death 'huge loss'

Labour former prime minister Tony Blair said: "This is absolutely tragic. Such a pointless and savage act of hatred contradicts everything Jo lived for and worked for."  

She is a huge loss to British politics. My heart goes out to Brendan and their children."

Jo Cox's maiden speech

I've just seen this on Twitter, it's Jo Cox's maiden speech.  

Maiden speech
BBC

Former US congresswoman pays tribute to Jo Cox

Former US Congresswoman for Arizona Gabrielle Giffords, who was the victim of an assassination attempt in 2011, also paid tribute. 

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'Beginning of a new chapter' - Brendan Cox, widower of Jo Cox MP

Pritti Mistry

BBC News Online

Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox, paid tribute to his wife and said: "Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love." 

Jo Cox
PA

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 everyday of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.

Brendan CoxHusband of Jo Cox

Flowers laid at the statue of Joseph Priestley

People have been laying flowers in tribute to Jo Cox in Birstall, at the statue of Joseph Priestly. 

Statue
BBC

BreakingThe Queen to write to Jo Cox's widower

A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen will write privately to Mr Cox.

Council buildings to fly flags at half-mast

Kirklees Council says flags on civic buildings will fly at half-mast to mark the killing of MP Jo Cox: 

Flags are at half mast at our 4 town halls in memory of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox who tragically died today.

Vigil in Parliament Square

We understand that an impromptu vigil is happening in Parliament Square this evening.

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Listen: Yvette Cooper MP pays tribute to Jo Cox MP

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Yvettte Cooper, Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract, Castleford & Knottingley has been paying tribute to Jo Cox MP.

Yvette spoke to Andrew Edwards on BBC Radio Leeds following the death of the Batley and Spen MP earlier today.

'She was so passionate about the causes she believed in'

Vigil for Jo Cox in Birstall tonight

IMF Brexit report postponed

Bloomberg reporting that the International Monetary Fund has postponed its Brexit report by 24 hours

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Jo Cox is the first member of the house of commons to be murdered in office since 1990

Jo Cox is the first member of the House of Commons to be murdered in office since 1990, when Ian Gow became the latest  MP to die at the hands of Northern Irish terror groups. 

A former private parliamentary secretary to Margaret Thatcher, Eastbourne MP Mr Gow was killed by an IRA car bomb at his Sussex home aged 53.

Before him, the MP for Enfield Southgate Sir Anthony Berry died in the IRA bombing of Brighton's Grand Hotel, where Mrs Thatcher was staying for the 1984 Conservative Party conference.

Watch: Full West Yorkshire Police media briefing

Shortly after 17:00 this evening, West Yorkshire Police gave a press conference about the attack on Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox. You can see it in full below.  

West Yorkshire Police press conference

Jo Cox hailed as 'truly special woman' by former Labour MP Joan Walley

The former Labour MP Joan Walley has described West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox as "a truly special and compassionate woman who totally believed in public service" with a young family and a whole life in politics ahead of her.

Ms Walley, who had worked with Jo Cox in the House of Commons, was live on PM on BBC Radio 4 when the news of her colleague's death was announced.

'A woman who totally believed in public service, who totally believed in eradicating poverty, who totally wanted to see environmental improvements'

Nick Robinson reacts to the death of Jo Cox MP

Nick Robinson

Presenter, Radio 4 Today

People like me are paid to find the right words. Words to describe, to analyse, to explain. Words that match the moment.

Jo Cox
BBC

Today is one of those day when it is very hard to find the words which convey the shock that I - that all those who are in politics or report on it - feel at the news that an MP has been murdered on the streets of Britain.

Jo Cox - a popular and respected Labour member of parliament, a young mother and a campaigner for the rights of refugees - was shot and stabbed by a man outside her constituency surgery. She was vulnerable to attack because she was, like so many MPs, available to anyone who wanted to see her with any grievance.

Her death is a reminder that our elected representatives, who are so often demonised for living separate lives from the rest of us, actually all too often live in our communities, in our streets worrying about the same things that we do.  Unlike us, though, they open themselves up not to just to criticism and abuse but to assault by those who disagree with them.

We do not know the exact circumstances of this attack. The police insist that it was "localised" ie not linked to any global terror threat. There are, though, suggestions that it was political. If that turns out to be true it is a reminder of one other thing too. The need at all times to respect those who disagree with us and to understand that anger, fury and rage are not the same as passion or belief.

It is fitting that today the cacophony of this referendum campaign is briefly on hold.

Jo Cox death - an 'attack against democracy'

The brutal murder of Jo Cox MP is a sickening attack which we condemn in the strongest terms. This attack against an MP is an attack against democracy and all of us in the United Kingdom.

Mohammed ShafiqChief Executive of the Ramadhan Foundation

'Jo Cox was brave, funny and clever'

Laura Kuenssberg

BBC political editor

It's an over-used word these days, but Jo Cox was a star. She was brave, funny, and clever

Jo Cox in the House of Commons
BBC

In Westminster she was one of those rare people that whatever was going on in politics that day, however much backbiting there was, however many insults were being thrown around, the day was always improved if you bumped into her for a chat, a cup of tea, or heard her speak fearlessly and with compassion in the Commons.

But a conversation with her was just as likely to turn to her young kids, or the family's houseboat on the Thames, as it was to talk about the latest political machinations.

Watch: Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, has died

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen has died after being attacked in Birstall earlier today. 

Our thoughts are with her family.

In memory of Jo Cox MP

'Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous' - Brendan Cox, the husband of Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox
BBC

Brendan Cox, the husband of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox, has released a statement following the MP's death.

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."

Brendan CoxHusband of Jo Cox

'Family robbed of loving mother and wife' - Leeds City Council leader

Jo Cox
BBC

Judith Blake, the leader of Leeds City Council, has just issued this statement following the death of Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox (pictured):

"Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Jo's family and friends at this truly awful time. This is an absolutely shocking incident that has robbed a family of a loving mother and wife who was simply doing her job, representing the people of Batley and Spen.

"This is a tragedy which cannot be allowed to undermine our democratic processes, processes that Jo was so proud to represent. Leeds as a neighbour stands united with Kirklees and our thoughts remain with Jo’s family as they try to come to terms with their dreadful loss."

The programmes Question Time and This Week to be cancelled this evening

Following the death of Jo Cox MP, and the resulting decision by both sides of the European referendum debate to suspend campaigning, tonight's Question Time and This Week programmes, which would have focused on these campaigns, have been cancelled.

The changed schedule will be announced shortly.

Theresa May: Jo Cox was "one of our brightest and most popular Westminster MPs"
Theresa May gives a statement in reaction to the death of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed during an attack in Birstall.

Jo Cox death - Police and Crime Commissioner statement

West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Williamson, said: 

"My thoughts and prayers are with Jo’s family at this time.I have worked closely with Jo since she was elected and I am deeply shocked that such a talented young woman has been senselessly attacked and killed whilst working in her constituency and serving her community.

"This is a truly shocking incident but I want to reassure communities that our information is that this is a localised incident, albeit one that has a much wider impact.

"I must stress that investigations are ongoing, a man has been arrested, and we need to let the police do their job in understanding exactly what has happened that led up to this hugely tragic incident and channel all our thoughts into supporting the families and communities affected." 

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to Jo Cox

The Prime Minister has paid tribute to the MP Jo Cox saying "we've lost a great star" with "huge compassion and a big heart".

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David Cameron said: "This is absolutely tragic and dreadful news. My thoughts are with Jo's husband Brendan, their two children and their wider family. We've lost a great star, she was a great campaigning MP with huge compassion and a big heart."

David Cameron was speaking during a visit to Gibraltar where an EU referendum campaign rally was cancelled. 

He said: "People are going to be very sad at what's happened, at this dreadful news, and it's right that we've suspended campaigning activity in this referendum, and everyone's thoughts will be with Jo's family and her constituents at this terrible time."

Jo Cox death: Your comments

Nick Wilmshurst

BBC Local Live, Leeds

You've been emailing us with your comments, a general theme is just utter shock.

Here are some of them...

We are deeply sorry by the death of our loved MP. Our condolences to her family. We are praying for them. May God keep them strong. We are deeply sorry.

Reverend MauriceA

Shocking News,we can't understand why a decent hard working lady is attacked in such a way.Our hearts go out to her family.

Peter Brayford

I didn't know Jo but she was doing her job to represent her constituents and from everyone already speaking about her, so well respected.

Chris Redfern

A tragedy that transcends politics. RIP Jo, with sincerest sympathy for family and friends.

Roger and Janine Griffin

'One of our brightest colleagues' - Home Secretary

Home Secretary Theresa May has said it's "entirely appropriate" that all EU referendum campaigning has been suspended following the death of Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox, who was fatally attacked in Birstall earlier this afternoon.

Mrs May says: "All of us are united in our deep sadness at the loss of one our brightest and most popular Westminster colleagues."

Jo Cox death - Joint statement from West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner

"This is a very significant investigation with a large number of witnesses that are being spoken to by the police at this time. There is a large and significant crime scene and there is a large police presence in the area. A full investigation is underway to establish the motive for this murder.

 "There are specially trained officers with Jo's immediate family who are fully aware of what has taken place. We would ask the media to respect their privacy at this time. 

 "We are not looking for anyone else in connection with this incident at this time." 

Jo Cox tributes - Hilary Benn 'you were the best of humanity'

'Heart goes out' to Jo Cox's family and friends - Home Secretary

Theresa May
BBC

The Home Secretary Theresa May has paid tribute to Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox, saying her "heart goes out" to Mrs Cox's family and friends.

In a statement a short time ago, Mrs May said: "The pain they must now be enduring is unimaginable and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time."

'She was a committed and caring MP ' - Prime Minister David Cameron on the death of Jo Cox MP

More now on the news that Jo Cox MP has died after she was shot and stabbed during an attack in her constituency, in Birstall. 

Birstall scene
BBC

Jo Cox, 41, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the ground by her attacker. A 77-year-old man also suffered slight injuries.  

Prime Minister David Cameron has said: "The death of Jo Cox is a tragedy. She was a committed and caring MP. My thoughts are with her husband Brendan and her two young children."

Jo Cox - 'She was one of the real talents in Parliament'

I'm absolutely stunned, I was a mentor to her she was the same age as my daughter. She was one of the real talents in Parliament. People loved her in the constituency. This isn't a question of party politics, all of us have to talk about moderating our language.

Barry SheermanHuddersfield MP