Jo Cox, a lawmaker from the UK’s main opposition Labour Party, on Thursday died after being shot and stabbed multiple times after a constituency meeting in Birstall, West Yorkshire. According to the police, a 52-year-old man has been arrested by the police in connection with the case. We take a look at ten things about her life:
1) Cox was born in the northern town of Dewsbury in 1974, and grew up in the parliamentary constituency she represented.
2) She attended Cambridge University, becoming the first in her family to attend university, graduating in 1995.
3) Cox worked in North Carolina on US President Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign, as well as working in Brussels for Member of the European Parliament Glens Kinnock.
4) She also worked in senior roles for aid agency Oxfam, and later on a campaign to prevent deaths in childbirth with Sarah Brown, the wife of former British prime minister Gordon Brown.
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5) Following her election to parliament in 2015, Cox was outspoken in support of Britain’s membership of the European Union.
6) In her first speech after becoming an MP she praised the positive impact immigration has had on her constituency, Batley and Spen, a semi-rural area near the city of Leeds in northern England that has seen high levels of immigration from South Asia.
7) Cox co-chaired a parliamentary group “Friends of Syria”. The group’s stated aim is: “To build a greater understanding in Parliament of the current conflict in Syria and to allow parliamentarians to discuss the diplomatic, humanitarian and military options for UK policy.”
8) Cox was one of the 36 Labour Members of Parliament who nominated Socialist Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader after the resignation of Ed Miliband following the party’s defeat in last year’s general election.
9) In May this year, she criticised Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama for putting the Syrian civil war “on the ‘too difficult’ pile.” She abstained in a December 2015 vote on whether to approve air strikes in Syria.
10) Cox was married with two young children.
The death of opposition Labour lawmaker Jo Cox is a tragedy, British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Twitter.
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.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 16, 2016
(With inputs from Reuters)