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  1. News, sport, weather and travel updates will resume at 08:00 on Monday
  2. Live updates on Friday 17 June 2016

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By Oli Woodcock and Nick Wilmshurst

All times stated are UK

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The scene of the attack

MPs are urged to review their security but say they will continue with constituency surgeries despite the fatal attack on Labour's Jo Cox.

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Good evening: Our live coverage across the day

That's all for today from our live coverage of the aftermath of the killing of Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox.

Floral tributes to Jo Cox
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We'll be back from 08:00 on Monday with more on this and other stories from across Leeds and West Yorkshire.

Birstall: A place of remembrance for Jo Cox MP

Ian White

Journalist, BBC Look North

I'm in Birstall as floral tributes and messages continue to gather in remembrance of Jo Cox MP, who was killed here yesterday afternoon. These are the latest scenes:

Floral tribute
Floral tribute in Birstall

Could there be a different seating plan in the Commons on Monday?

BBC News Channel

During a normal session in the Commons, MPs from the governing party sit on one side of the House, with opposition parties facing them on the other.

House of Commons
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However, says BBC political correspondent Eleanor Garnier, there is speculation that MPs might not sit according to party loyalties when the Commons is recalled on Monday.

The idea, Eleanor says, would be "to actually have MPs mixed up to really show the unity that we saw earlier with David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn".

Media outlets around the world reflect on Jo Cox MP killing

BBC Monitoring

Media outlets in Europe and beyond say that Britain is reeling after the killing of Jo Cox MP.

"She was a force of nature" whose death "shocked Britain" says Germany's Sueddeutsche Zeitung

In French daily Le Figaro, Florentin Collomp agrees, saying that her killing is "deeply shocking" in a country where shooting incidents are rare. 

The Washington Post echoes this view, saying that her death has "stunned the nation".

"Albion is in shock" declares Russian tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda.

Tribute event to Jo Cox MP to be held in Batley later

A "special tribute" is due to be held in Batley later to mark the life of Jo Cox MP, the Batley and Spen MP who was killed in Birstall yesterday.

Baroness Saeeda Warsi, Lord Ken Woolmer, Naz Shah MP and Stuart Andrew MP are among the guests expected to take part.

The event will be held at the A-Hikmah Centre in Batley from 19:00 and is "open to all men, women and children and all communities from the constituency", organisers say.

Flags fly at half mast for Jo Cox in Westminster, Cardiff and Edinburgh

In tribute to Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall yesterday afternoon, flags are flying at half mast over Parliament, outside the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament:

Flag at half mast over Parliament with Churchill statue
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Flags at half mast at Welsh Assembly
Flags at half mast at Scottish Parliament

Jo Cox's Fund: In celebration and memory of Jo Cox

The family of Jo Cox MP have set up a fund to raise money for three causes close to her heart. Here's their post on the Go Fund Me website:

Go Fund Me post
Go Fund Me

U2's Bono pays tribute to 'leading light' Jo Cox

Bono from U2 has put this picture on Instagram, along with a very moving post:

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Jo Cox. A leading light who used her effervescent time on earth to fill it with joy and justice. She was a close friend to many of our team at @ONECampaign. We pray for her family and for the blessing she was to those who knew her and to the millions of people she never met, but to whom she devoted her life"


Vote Leave suspends Saturday campaigning

Vote Leave has announced it is suspending major campaign events tomorrow, such as a planned rally in Birmingham, but door-to-door leafleting at a local level will continue.

Vote Leave will be suspending major campaign events tomorrow such as the planned rally in Birmingham. Low-key campaigning like leafleting at a local level is likely to take place."

Vote Leave

Green Party will not put up candidate in Batley and Spen by-election

David Cameron met Jo Cox in Darfur 'saving the lives of vulnerable refugees'

Here's a photo of Jo Cox, David Cameron and former International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell in Sudan's western region of Darfur.

Jo Cox, pictured wearing a pink scarf, first met David Cameron in Darfur

The Prime Minister said he first met Mrs Cox here in 2006 "doing what she was brilliant at - she was looking after and saving the lives of vulnerable refugees".

Rugby Football League's 'sincere condolences' over Jo Cox death

The Rugby Football League (RFL) has paid tribute to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

A statement from the rugby league governing body says: "The RFL would like to pass on its sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jo Cox MP.

"Mrs Cox was a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Rugby League and was always very supportive of her local club the Batley Bulldogs.

"As a mark of respect for Mrs Cox, her local club will pay tribute to her at their next home game against local rivals Dewsbury on Sunday 26 June."

Jo Cox MP: 'A stellar career cut short in the worst way' - Kirklees Council

BBC Radio Leeds

Adrian Lythgo, chief executive of Kirklees Council, has paid tribute to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall yesterday.

Jo Cox
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He said Mrs Cox – who had been Batley and Spen MP for a little over a year – had been an important influence on the area and a force for good for her constituents.

We always knew that so many people had great respect for Jo, and how influential she was in conversations and in debate. But that has only been reinforced by the reaction to her tragic death. Party colleagues and opposition members have all been united in their shock and sadness at what would have been a stellar career cut short in the worst way."

Adrian LythgoChief executive, Kirklees Council

Jo Cox's death should make us reflect on our polluted, abusive politics

Daily Mirror

Today is a day for reflection and mourning.

The shock at the killing of Jo Cox has given way too much soul-searching about how we conduct our politics.

When robbed of someone of such quiet dignity and purpose it causes you consider how you stand in comparison. And quite simply, we have been found wanting.

Time for reflection in Batley later this afternoon

Jo Cox MP: 'A humanitarian with political nous'

Hours after Labour MP Jo Cox was killed, her husband Brendan said she'd fought for "a better world".

Jo Cox

But, long before she set about that work as an elected politician, Mrs Cox had built a successful career fighting human suffering in the charity sector.

Eight years working for Oxfam - where she met her husband - enabled her to show inspiring leadership and political intelligence, despite her remarkably young age, her former colleagues recall.

Jo Cox
Jo Cox

Watch: 'Be proud of the MP you've had' - Jeremy Corbyn on Jo Cox

Charles Engwell

Reporter, BBC Radio Leeds

I was in Birstall as leading politicians and local residents gathered to remember Jo Cox.

Here, Jeremy Corbyn exclusively tells my why local constituents should be proud of their MP.

The Last Time - Poetic tribute to Jo Cox MP

Tributes to the Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox continue to gather outside her constituency office in Batley town centre - including this poem.

Batley Poets

Jo Cox in her own words

BBC Politics

Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, who died after being shot and stabbed in an attack on Thursday, made a big impression during her short time in Parliament.

We look back at her time as an MP in her own words.  

Parliament to sit from 14:30 on Monday

The Speaker's Office has confirmed that Parliament will sit at 14:30 on Monday.

It was announced earlier that Parliament would be recalled following the death of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox. 

MPs' security is taken 'very seriously' - Parliamentary watchdog

In the aftermath of the killing of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, the parliamentary expenses watchdog says it takes the security of MPs "very seriously" at home and in their constituencies.

The Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) wrote to all MPs in January outlining new arrangements for funding the cost of security measures, saying "recent events have led us, with the police and the House of Commons, to take stock of our arrangements to ensure that they are appropriate to changed circumstances".

IPSA directs MPs to complete a safety checklist and have their office assessed by an "approved security assessor" - and spending on security measures, including for lone working, is approved on the basis of that assessment.

IPSA takes the security of MPs very seriously. We wrote to all members of Parliament earlier this year to inform them of the security support available. This includes security at their home and at constituency offices."

IPSA Spokesman

Lib Dems also won't contest Batley and Spen by-election

Watch: Cameron and Corbyn in Birstall

Jeremy Corbyn: 'She was taken from us in an act of hatred'

The killing of Jo Cox was "an act of hatred" in the town she loved and grew up in, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said.

Jeremy Corbyn

Paying tribute to his colleague, he said her killing was "an attack on democracy", which left behind her husband and two children "who will never see their mother again".

MPs will get a chance to pay their own tributes on Monday after David Cameron agreed to the recall of Parliament, he said.

Speaking in Birstall, Mr Corbyn hailed Mrs Cox's work for anti-slavery campaigns, Oxfam, human rights and justice.

She was taken from us in an act of hatred; in a vile act that has killed her. It's an attack on democracy that happened yesterday - it's the well of hatred that killed her."

Jeremy CorbynLeader, Labour Party

David Cameron: 'Nation is rightly shocked over Jo Cox's death'

Hailing Jo Cox as one of Parliament's "most passionate and brilliant campaigners", David Cameron said the nation "is rightly shocked" at her death.

David Cameron

Mr Cameron called for people to "value and see as precious the democracy we have on these islands". 

The Prime Minister said Britain has peace, stability, and economic well-being, which is "all underpinned by tolerance".

Moment of reflection as leading politicians remember Jo Cox MP

Leading politicians gather in Birstall, as vigils and tributes continue to take place around the world for Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox who died after being attacked in Birstall yesterday.

Leading politicians in Birstall

PM tweets from Birstall

BreakingUKIP won't contest Batley and Spen by-election

Cameron and Corbyn pay tribute to Jo Cox MP

Here are the latest scenes from Birstall as Prime Minister David Cameron and leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn lay floral tributes to Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox.

Corbyn and Cameron
Corbyn and Cameron
Corbyn and Cameron

Corbyn: Jo Cox made 'extraordinary impression'


It's a well of hatred that killed her. Jo Cox was an outstanding MP who in 13 months representing her constituency made an extraordinary impression. Jo was an exceptional, wonderful, very talented woman taken from us when she had so much to give."

Jeremy Corbyn

BreakingPrime Minister speaks in Birstall


MPs are available to the public and that's how Jo died, doing her job. We shouldn't forget that politics is about public service. Most importantly of all we should value and see as precious the democracy that we have in this country."

David Cameron

BreakingParliament to be recalled following Jo Cox killing

Speaking in Birstall, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says Parliament is being recalled on Monday following the killing of MP Jo Cox.

Mr Corbyn describes her killing as an "act of hatred" and an "attack on democracy".

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn speak in Birstall

The Prime Minister and the Labour leader face the press in Birstall.

PM faces the press

BreakingPrime Minister and Labour leader in Birstall

David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn have arrived in Birstall to pay their respects to murdered Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.

Corbyn and Cameron

Conservatives' by-election decision is 'mark of respect' to Jo Cox MP

Watch: Lord Kinnock's tribute to Jo Cox MP

BBC News Channel

Lord Kinnock, former leader of the Labour party, gives a moving tribute to Jo Cox.

Minute's silence held for Jo Cox MP in Bradford

'It was instantly clear she was someone who'd make her mark in politics'

Joe Inwood

BBC Video Journalist

It is almost a year to the day since I first met Jo Cox MP.

I was filming a feature about her first day in Parliament. She was fiercely intelligent, impassioned and articulate - all the things successful politicians need to be.

But she was also warm, engaging, and human - all the things they so often want to be. 

Jo Cox MP outside Houses of Parliament

We walked into the bowels of her barge, where her husband Brendan was preparing breakfast. She offered me a coffee and we started chatting. Her two kids joined us. They were charming, lively and bright. It wasn't hard to see where they got it from. 

We talked about politics, family, travel. After about half an hour I had to remind myself I was actually there to film her. It was impossible to meet Jo and not want to spend time with her.

Jo Cox MP at home

I spent a couple of days filming with Jo and, luckily, she liked the piece. The last time we spoke was a couple of months ago. 

It’s hard to believe that will now never happen. Politics, public life but, most importantly, her wonderful family are far poorer for her senseless death.

Tributes at Buckingham Palace and Houses of Parliament to Jo Cox

The flags over Buckingham Palace and at the Houses of Parliament are flying at half mast in tribute to Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox:

Flag flying at half mast over Buckingham Palace
Half mast flag at Parliament