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Summary

  1. Labour MP Jo Cox was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.
  2. MPs, who had been in recess for the EU referendum, were recalled to the Commons to remember Mrs Cox, 41.
  3. The Lords also returned, to remember the Batley and Spen MP.

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By Georgina Pattinson and Esther Webber

All times stated are UK

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Thank you and goodbye

As MPs attend a service at St Margaret's Church, to remember Labour MP Jo Cox, you can follow further developments on our BBC politics colleagues' live page, which will cover the rest of today's news.

Parliament will return on Monday 27 June.

Thank you for joining us for this afternoon.

MPs file into St Margaret's Church in Westminster

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MPs process to St Margaret's Church in Westminster for a service of prayer and remembrance.

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MPs process to St Margaret's Church in Westminster
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Procession arrives for memorial service

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Jeremy Corbyn waves to Jo Cox's family

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A white rose and red

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A white rose and a red rose were placed on the green benches, where Jo Cox frequently sat, for today's tributes in the Commons

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From today's Order Paper

The session in the Commons comes to an end, and the Speaker John Bercow puts the motion to MPs, as he is obliged to do. There is an "aye" from assembled members, to show they have considered the matter of tributes to Jo Cox.

He invites them to proceed to a service to remember the Labour MP. MPs stand and applaud, as they file out of the chamber. 

Lord Kinnock: Hate cannot be beaten with hatred

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Lord Kinnock says: "I knew and cherished Jo Cox as a friend. Her death was appalling in its brutality and injustice."

He admits along with misery he felt "hatred for the time and conditions which had made someone feel justified in being brutally extreme".

But, he adds, "hate cannot be beaten with hatred - Jo Cox would have said do not hate in my name".

Mrs Cox worked for his wife, Baroness Kinnock, when she was an MEP and he has previously said he looked on her as "a beloved niece".

Jo Cox was 'tough as old boots'

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DUP leader and others remember Jo Cox

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DUP leader Nigel Dodds says it is right that Parliament is recalled to remember Jo Cox, but also to uphold the values of democracy.

Labour MP Mary Creagh echoes the condolences to her family, and says it was a blessing to know Jo Cox.

Labour MP Barry Sheerman tells MPs that Jo Cox was a brilliant new member, saying she was "as tough as old boots" when she was campaigning.

And he tells MPs that they have a duty to support Jo Cox's family in the years to come.

Labour MP Jonathan Reynolds remembers a Labour conference about five years ago; and says his wife was breastfeeding at an event and feeling uncomfortable. He says Jo sat down next to his wife and began breastfeeding too in solidarity.

And he remembers her as a parliamentarian, campaigner, friend and mother.

Baroness Pinnock: Heavy mood in Birstall

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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". 

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

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

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Lib Dem leader remembers MP

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Tim Farron, the Lib Dem leader, pays tribute too, and mentions that her legacy is of "building bridges, not walls" - and even getting "this Lancastrian", to wear the white rose of Yorkshire in tribute.

The Labout MP for Wirral South, Alison McGovern, remembers her warmth, and charm; and talks about her campaigning for women's rights around the world. "Jo didn't just believe women's voices should be heard; she made it so," she says.

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Call for man who helped Jo Cox to be honoured

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Calls are growing for a pensioner who tried to save MP Jo Cox to be officially honoured for his bravery.

Bernard Kenny, 77, was stabbed in the stomach as he went to the aid of Mrs Cox when she was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.

petition to Cabinet Office minister Matthew Hancock said "hero" Mr Kenny deserved the "highest honour".

Tears for Jo Cox's husband and children

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Labour peer Baroness King breaks down as she speaks of Jo Cox's love for her children and her husband Brendan Cox's dignity.

She highlights the need for us "to heed Jo's words" and "strive for a kinder politics". 

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'Right royal pain in the backside'

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She could "make herself a right royal pain in the backside", Labour MP Stephen Doughty quotes a colleague about Jo Cox, recalling how steely and determined she could be as she campaigned for others.

He recals how Lord Mandelson, then in Brussels "had to quickly adapt his approach" when Jo Cox headed up the Oxfam Brussels office, Mr Doughty says to laughter from MPs.

Lord Smith: Studentship to be set up in Jo Cox's memory

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Labour's Lord Smith of Finsbury pays tribute on behalf of her almer mater, Pembroke College, Cambridge, saying she "stood for the politics of hope and love". 

He tells peers a studentship will be set up in her memory, to fund undergraduates either from a refugee background or from a similar background to Jo Cox's background.

Energy and dynamism recalled

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Jo Cox's friend, Labour MP Holly Lynch remembers acting as her whip - and says she knew that sometimes late night votes were "not as important" as putting her two children to bed.

"I'll remember Jo in the voting lobby in her cycling kit..and wondering where did she get the energy," she says. 

And she says a colleague compared Jo Cox to a comet, giving off heat and light and sparks, and she says she cannot think of a better way to describe her.

Dr Eilidh Whiteford, the SNP MP, knew Jo Cox before she was an MP, as they worked together for Oxfam.

She says the last time she saw the Labour MP was at the Parliamentary tug-of-war contest recently, and says she saw her pulling with "sheer dogged determination", straining with all her might - and says she wants to remember Jo Cox for "how she lived and not how she died".

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Memories of sharing an office

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Stephen Kinnock, the Labour MP, stands to speak and tells the assembled MPs about sharing an office with Mrs Cox, describing how she would use his cupboard as a wardrobe; and how he would talk to and play with her children.

"Out of the deep darkness of Jo's death must come the shining light of her legacy," he says - and he calls for politics of hope, as he goes on to condemn a poster recently unveiled by UKIP leader Nigel Farage.

"We must now stand up for something better, because of someone better," he adds, and says the atrocity of her death must not intimidate our democracy. 

Baroness Kinnock: I feel cheated

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Baroness Kinnock tells peers: "I feel cheated by the loss of this talented woman," recalling their "deep and close friendship". 

"Her whole life was dedicated to her fellow human beings," she says, 

She confesses she feels "emptiness - we must overcome that. Jo Cox would have said don't moan, work, organise and campaign for a better world". 

Mrs Cox worked in Baroness Kinnock's office when she was an MEP and the Kinnocks have described her as "part of the family".

Jo Cox in her own words

Many people have been sharing Jo Cox's maiden speech to Parliament in the wake of her death, when she said: 

While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel ​around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us

Jo CoxMP for Batley and Spen

You can read all her contributions in the Commons here.

Bishop of Leeds: Jo Cox was full of life

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The Bishop of Leeds says when he heard of Jo Cox's death he thought of the words from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar: "The valiant never taste of death but once."  

He goes on to say that "she was full of life" and "death will never have the final word". 

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All sides of the Commons remember Jo Cox

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Labour's Harriet Harman remembers meeting Mrs Cox and her work in Parliament, and sends her condolences to her family.

Conservative Yorkshire MP Stuart Andrew remembers appearing on a TV programme with Mrs Cox, and the bond they forged then. "She was also a proud Yorkshirewoman and our county are rightly proud of her," he says.

Laughter amid the tears

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Sharing international concerns

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Andrew Mitchell, the Conservative MP who worked with her on international issues, adds to the memories being shared.

The two worked together in Darfur, in Sudan, and he says that those who work on international affairs will remember her as a friend and a campaigner.

"She was Labour to her fingertips, but dismissive of party political manoevring," he says and remembers how she "made friends with a crusty old Tory". 

He tells the House about their visit to the Russian ambassador when she gave the diplomat "a dressing down".

And he finishes by saying he mourns for her most of all "as a mother".

Lib Dem leader in Lords: This is a wake-up call

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Leader of the Lib Dems in the Lords, Lord Wallace of Tankerness, describes Mrs Cox's death as a "wake-up call" and asks everyone to remember that she was "hopeful we could build a country which is united".

He adds that part of his sense of loss is that he did not get the chance to know "such an incredible person". 

Friends remember

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Rachel Reeves, who is the Labour MP for Leeds West, recalls meeting Jo and their friendship. She tells MPs about the parties they attended together, and Jo's time shadowing her in the job of MP.

"Jo was struck down much too soon," she says and says it falls "on us" to carry on her work "to serve others with dignity and with love".

Shadow Lords leader: Vitriol is contaminating public life

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Shadow leader of the Lords Baroness Smith of Basildon leads her party's tributes to their late colleague, saying she was "a force of nature, determined and fun". 

She says Jo Cox saw that "politics could be a force for good" and warns "the level of vitriol and violence contaminating our public life will deter the best people".

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Tributes from the prime minister

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The prime minister pays tribute to a "loving, determined, passionate and progressive politician", who, he says, proved the power of politics to make this world a better place.

David Cameron remembers meeting her in Darfur in 2006. He said the choice to meet him - a Conservative politician - was not popular among her colleagues but typical of her in reaching across divisions.

He says that it wasn't just international issues that consumed her, but also local issues. In the diverse area of Batley and Spen, with many different communities "she made people feel they belonged too", he says.

Jo Cox "brought out the best in people", Mr Cameron says, remembering her "irrepressible spirit". 

He calls for MPs to unite "against the hatred that killed her today and for ever more".

Remembering a colleague

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Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the Labour party, is the next to address MPs.

He pays tribute to Mrs Cox's work. She spent her life serving and campaigning for other people, he tells the MPs in the Chamber.

He talks about her "integrity and talent", and says she would have been 42 years old this week, with much more to achieve.

He also wishes Bernard Kenny, the pensioner who tried to help Mrs Cox, well - and MPs assent.

And Mr Corbyn reminds MPs of the words of Mrs Cox's maiden speech, and calls for a kinder and gentler politics.

He says he has been moved by the communications and charity donations since her death. 

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Lords Leader: begins tributes

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The leader of the Lords, Baroness Stowell of Beeston, opens tributes to killed MP Jo Cox by calling her "a remarkable woman". 

She says the Lords are "shocked and sad" about what has happened, and that the House is not just paying tribute but "standing shoulder to shoulder" with the Commons.

Speaker addressed MPs

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The House of Commons is packed. 

The Speaker John Bercow is the first to address the assembled MPs. He says the Commons is meeting in "heartbreaking sadness" but in "heartfelt solidarity".

He says that the death of Jo Cox is shocking and repugnant. He tells MPs that she was "caring, eloquent, principled and wise".

She was "fuelled by love for humanity" and devoted to her family. She was a "relentless campaigner for equality, human rights and social justice"; and was proud to be the MP for Batley and Spen where she "had her roots".

A white and a red rose are placed on the green benches where Mrs Cox often sat.

White roses worn in Jo Cox's memory

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Stephen Kinnock 'tearful'

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Poignant day

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Sixth recall of Parliament since 2010

Today's recall of Parliament, when MPs and peers will pay tribute to their late 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

Seating arrangements

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Politicians across the different parties have continued to pay tribute to Mrs Cox since her death, and there had been suggestions that MPs from different parties might sit together when they appear in the Commons later as a sign of unity. 

BBC political correspondent Eleanor Garnier said it was understood friends of the MP on both sides of the Commons wanted to sit together with close party colleagues and normal seating arrangements would be maintained.

Our correspondent said Monday would be a significant moment, not just because party divisions will be put aside but because the recall of Parliament is rare.

Profile: Jo Cox

Jo Cox MP, who died after being shot and stabbed in her constituency in Birstall, West Yorkshire, was elected as MP for Batley and Spen in the 2015 General Election.

She first worked in politics after graduating from Cambridge University in 1995, but then built a career working for charities including Oxfam, Save the Children and the NSPCC. 

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After entering Parliament, she became chairman of Labour Women's Network and a senior adviser to the Freedom Fund, an anti-slavery charity.

When MPs' pay was reviewed, she said she would use the increase to in turn increase the donations she makes to charity.

And she had spoken out on equal pay, railways and against reducing parents' tax credits.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described her as "a much loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace".

Jo Cox obituary: Proud Yorkshire lass who became local MP

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