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  1. News, sport, travel and weather updates resume at 08:00 on Tuesday
  2. Live updates on Monday 20 June 2016

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By Oli Woodcock

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye: Our Live coverage across the day

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Live updates for Leeds and West Yorkshire have finished for the day.

I'll leave you with this picture from Parliament Square in Westminster, as the tributes to Jo Cox MP continue to flourish.

Parliament Square

You can take a look back at today's news here.

I'll be back from 08:00 on Tuesday with the latest news, sport, weather and travel from across the county.

Travel update: Linton Bridge, in Linton, closed in both directions

BBC Travel

Linton Bridge, in Linton, is closed in both directions between the Linton Common junction and The Avenue junction, because of emergency repairs.

BBC Radio Leeds has travel and traffic updates throughout the day to keep you moving.

West Yorkshire's weather: Dry with some late evening sunshine

Paul Hudson

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

This evening and overnight will be dry with broken cloud - with some late evening sunshine.

Minimum temperature of about 1C (52F) with a light southwest wind.

Weather graph

For Tuesday, a fine and bright day with spells of sunshine and variable amounts of cloud. Feeling pleasantly warm with high's close to about 20C (68F). Light or moderate southwest wind.

Funeral to be held for young rugby star

Halifax Courier

A funeral service for a young rugby league star who died during a match will be held on Friday.

Former Brighouse Rangers player Ronan Costello died after he was tackled playing against Salford Red Devils for Huddersfield Giants’ U-19 squad.

Ronan Costello tribute
Halifax Courier

In Pictures: MPs file into St Margaret's Church in Westminster

MPs process to St Margaret's Church in Westminster for a service of prayer and remembrance, in memory of Jo Cox MP.

MPs process to St Margaret's Church
MPs process to St Margaret's Church
MPs process to St Margaret's Church

Jo Cox murder accused in court

BBC Politics

A man charged with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox has appeared  before a judge at the Old Bailey.

Thomas Mair, sketched by a court artist
Julia Quenzler

Thomas Mair, 52, was remanded in custody by Mr Justice Sweeney after appearing by videolink.

He is also charged with grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

Latest headlines: MPs return to Parliament to pay tribute to Jo Cox MP

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

Good evening, the latest headlines across Leeds and West Yorkshire:

Leeds United announce new chief executive

Adam Pope

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Leeds United has announced Ben Mansford will be their new chief executive.

Elland Road

The former lawyer has been chief executive of Barnsley for the past three years, helping them secure promotion to the Championship. 

Leeds say Mansford will work closely with the footballing side of the club, allowing Massimo Cellino to focus purely on his role as chairman.

Watch: Jo Cox 'struck down much too soon' - Rachel Reeves, Leeds West MP

Rachel Reeves and Stephen Kinnock pay tribute to Jo Cox, the MP who was killed in her constituency.

Huddersfield sign midfielder Payne

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Championship side Huddersfield sign midfielder Jack Payne after he rejected a new contract at Southend.

Jack Payne
Rex Features

Shrimpers academy graduate Payne, 21, scored 17 goals in 88 games for the club, having made his professional debut in August 2013.

The League One side will be owed a compensation fee.

In my opinion he is probably one of the most interesting young British midfielders in the country."

David WagnerHead coach, Huddersfield Town

Leeds First bus strike: Check your route

BBC Travel

As that commute home begins to kick in do check which buses are running in Leeds.

Click here to check your journey route.

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Bradford appoint McCall as manager

BBC West Yorkshire Sport

Scotland coach Stuart McCall is appointed as Bradford City manager for the second time on a two-year deal.

Stuart McCall
Getty Images

The 52-year-old was previously boss at Valley Parade between 2007 and 2010 and replaces Phil Parkinson, who left for Bolton Wanderers on 9 June.

McCall also had two playing spells with the Bantams, appearing in the Premier League, and had been out of management since a short spell at Rangers in 2015.

Standing ovation in the Commons

Speaker Bercow wraps up the tributes by getting everyone in the Commons to shout "aye" in support of the motion to remember Jo Cox. 

To say it is resounding is an understatement - and he doesn't even bother to ask for "noes". MPs then burst into spontaneous applause - a standing ovation - before they begin to file out of the Commons.


Baroness Pinnock: Heavy mood in Birstall

Lib Dem Baroness Pinnock, one of Jo Cox's constituents who was due to campaign with her on the day she was killed, speaks of her "support and encouragement".

Baroness Pinnock

She says in Birstall people usually stop to say hello but since her death the mood has been "heavy and somber - beyond words". 

She concludes by saying: "We are all the poorer for her passing."

She had a vision of a better world - Holly Lynch, MP for Halfax

Holly Lynch, MP for Hailfax, says this will be the hardest speech she will ever have to give, but it was easy to write because there was so much good to say about Mrs Cox.

Holly Lynch

"She had a vision of the world better than the one that has taken her from us," Ms Lynch says, describing her as "collegiate" and happy to work "across the benches" to make things better.

Ms Lynch worked as a Labour whip and says Mrs Cox "wasn't the easiest to whip" because she often put her children's bedtime ahead of late night votes.

West Yorkshire's weather: Sunny spells and largely dry

Owain Wyn Evans

Weather presenter, BBC Look North

It's an improving picture across West Yorkshire this afternoon.

There'll be plenty of sunny spells, largely dry with a few isolated showers.

Weather graph

Light to moderate south westerly winds, and temperature highs today of about 20C (68F).

This evening, it'll remain dry for most, a few patches of mist and fog are possible along the coast. A mild and muggy night, with temperature lows of 14C (57F).

MPs wear Yorkshire roses in tribute to Jo Cox

Watch: Labour's Rachel Reeves remembers Jo Cox

Leeds West MP Rachel Reeves breaks down as she remembers her friend

Next on her feet is Labour MP Rachel Reeves, who says she has known Jo and her husband Brendan for more than a decade.

Rachel Reeves in the commons

She says Mrs Cox spent a day shadowing her before she was elected and it was clear "Jo had a way with people from all walks of life".

When the seat of Batley and Spen opened up, Ms Reeves says Jo felt she had a responsibility to stand.

The Labour MP says she was in that constituency the day after her death when "a woman came over to me and said she hadn't known Jo but her death had made her want to be a bit more like her - a better mother, better wife, better person".

Ms Reeves breaks down at the end of her speech as she tries to say that "Batley and Spen will elect another MP but no-one will replace a mother".

Watch: David Cameron's tribute to Jo Cox

Jo 'had an irrepressible spirit', says PM David Cameron

"Jo was a committed democrat and a passionate feminist," says Prime Minister David Cameron.

David Cameron in the commons

She was also very proud of her community in Batley and Spen, and somewhere as diverse as that, she "made people feel they belonged".

This Wednesday would have been Jo's 42nd birthday and the PM says there will be events taking place around the world then to remember her.

She would also have been holding her Summer Solstice party around now - a reminder of her fun side, Mr Cameron says. 

Prime minister begins his tribute

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

To "hear hears", Mr Corbyn sits down and the prime minister stands up. 

Jo Cox's "passion and spirit lit up the lives of all who knew who" and "saved the lives of many she never met", David Cameron says.

He says she "epitomised the best of humanity".

Mr Cameron says he first met Mrs Cox in 2006 when she was working in Darfur and she agreed to meet him - then Conservative Leader of the Opposition - despite some unwillingness from her colleagues.

Watch: Jeremy Corbyn tribute to Jo Cox

Watch: John Bercow's tribute to Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox's family watching Commons tributes from gallery

Vicki Young

Chief Political Correspondent

Jeremy Corbyn pays tribute to Jo Cox

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn stands up and says Parliament has "lost one of its best".

He agrees her killing was "an attack on our democracy" that has left the country "shocked and saddened".

Jo Cox, he says, "didn't just believe in loving her neighbour... she saw a world of neighbours... she believed every life counted equally."

BreakingMPs fill the chamber to pay tribute to 'Yorkshire lass' Jo Cox

House of Commons



Roses in the Commons

Ross Hawkins

Political correspondent

Jo Cox MP 'fuelled by love for humanity'

House of Commons


Speaker John Bercow stands up to a packed House of Commons - standing room only. He says they meet "in heartbreaking sadness" and "heartfelt solidarity".

He says the attack on "a democratically-elected colleague" was "shocking and repugnant".

Jo Cox, he says, had many "outstanding qualities" and "was filled with and fuelled by love for humanity".

Man accused of Jo Cox murder has appeared in court

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The man accused of murdering Jo Cox MP has been remanded in custody after appearing at the Old Bailey. 

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, is charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon. 

At an initial hearing at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday, Mr Mair gave his name as "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain". 

When asked a short time ago at the Old Bailey to confirm he was Thomas Mair, he replied: "Yes, I am." 

Sixth recall of Parliament since 2010

Today's recall of Parliament, when MPs and peers will pay tribute to their colleague Jo Cox, is the sixth since David Cameron became prime minister in 2010.

Previous recalls:

  • September 2014: air strikes in Iraq against so-called Islamic State (IS)
  • August 2013: air strikes in Syria against IS 
  • April 2013: tributes to Baroness Thatcher 
  • August 2011: civil disorder around the UK 
  • July 2011: the phone-hacking scandal

BreakingJo Cox MP death: Thomas Mair remanded in custody

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The man accused of murdering Labour MP, Jo Cox, has been remanded in custody after appearing before a senior judge at the Old Bailey.

Jo Cox died after being shot and stabbed in the street outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, last Thursday. 

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, is charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

There was no application for bail and he was remanded in custody. Mair will appear at the same court for a preliminary hearing before Mr Justice Saunders at 10.00 on Thursday, 23 June 2016.

In pictures: Scenes from Parliament Square, Westminster

Westminster is mourning following the violent death of Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox.

Politicians this afternoon will remember and pay tribute to the Yorkshire lass from 14.30 today.

Parliament square
Parliament square
Parliament square

On air: BBC Radio Leeds is live in Westminster

BBC Radio Leeds

We're coming to you live from Westminster on BBC Radio Leeds this afternoon.

As politicians will return to Westminster this afternoon to pay tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.

You can listen along live, to Andrew Edwards and Gayle Lofthouse, until 18.00.

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How will the Jo Cox tribute session unfold?

Politicians will return to Westminster this afternoon to pay tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.

Jo Cox
Brandon Cox

In today's Commons tributes to Jo Cox MP, Commons Speaker John Bercow will speak first, followed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, Prime Minister David Cameron and then other MPs, Downing Street has said.  

The session will last for an hour. Tributes will also be held in the House of Lords. It all starts at 14:30.

Nick Robinson on the recall of Parliament to remember Jo Cox

Nick Robinson

Presenter, Radio 4 Today

Today programme presenter Nick Robinson has shared his thoughts as MPs are recalled to pay their tributes to Jo Cox.

They're all the same, they're all in for themselves, they're all on the take. As Parliament is reconvened to pay its respects to Jo Cox this is, perhaps, the right day to pause and ask yourself a question - how often have I said that or thought that or nodded along with someone else who has? Those who knew Jo Cox were never in any doubt that she was not like that. Tragically, now - thanks to her murder - the rest of us know that too."

Nick RobinsonPresenter, Radio 4 Today

You can read the full entry on Facebook.

Jo Cox MP 'was well love and respected' - Stuart Andrew MP

BBC Politics

Ahead of today's parliamentary tribute session to Batley and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed on Thursday, Leeds Conservative MP Stuart Andrew recalls the first time he met her ahead of a media appearance.

Stuart Andrew MP
Conservative Party

He's told BBC Radio Leeds that Mrs Cook had an "amazing smile", and knew straight away that he would get on with her.

She was just that sort of character, well-loved and well-respected."

Stuart Andrew MPConservative, Pudsey Horsforth & Aireborough

After the tributes in the Commons and Lords - which are due to begin at 14:30 - MPs and peers will attend a memorial service at St Margaret's church to reflect on Mrs Cook's life and work.

Super League: Castleford Tigers 22-24 Hull FC

BBC Sport

Hull FC moved two points clear at the top of Super League after a narrow win at Castleford Tigers.

Hull FC players celebrate

Luke Dorn and Jake Webster tries put the hosts in front but Frank Pritchard, Danny Houghton and Mahe Fonua saw the league leaders 18-8 ahead at the break.

Paddy Flynn and Denny Solomona crossed for the Tigers as they drew level.

Traffic and travel: Severe delays - four lanes closed on the southbound M1 between J43 and J42

BBC Travel

Four lanes closed and severe delays on southbound M1 between J43, M621 (Belle Isle) and J42, M62 (Lofthouse).

Congestion on M621 to J7, A61 (Stourton) and to J45, A63 (Leeds Cross Green).

This is because of a serious accident and a fuel spillage.


Latest headlines: MPs to return to Parliament to pay tribute to Jo Cox MP and Thomas Mair at crown court

Oli Woodcock

BBC Local Live, Leeds

The latest headlines across Leeds and West Yorkshire this afternoon