Jo Cox, British member of parliament was shot dead in the street on Thursday, causing deep shock across Britain and the suspension of campaigning for next week’s referendum on the country’s EU membership.
Cox, 41, a lawmaker for the opposition Labour Party and a vocal advocate for Britain remaining in the European Union, was attacked while preparing to meet constituents in Birstall near Leeds in northern England.
In a recent development, it came across that in March this year, Jo Cox was recieving death threats.She had contacted police after the “malicious communications” and they had arrested a man in connection with the investigation.Police said that the man they had arrested at that time was not Thomas Mair. “The man subsequently accepted a police caution.”
Police and security agencies were pondering to beef up her security before the shocking incident took place yesterday. Keeping this in mind, other MPs have been warned to step up their security.
West Yorkshire regional police said a 52-year-old man Thomas Mair was arrested by officers nearby and weapons including a firearm recovered. “We are not in a position to discuss any motive at this time,” said Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins. Police also seached a vehicle outside the house of the suspected. People known to Mair described him as a calm and quiet person.
Police would not speculate on the attacker’s motive, but Clarke Rothwell, who runs a cafe near the scene of the slaying, told the BBC and Britain’s Press Association that the assailant shouted `Britain first!” several times. Police did not confirm that account.
Witnesses described a man shooting Cox several times and then stabbing her as she lay on the pavement. Police said they had arrested a 52-year-old man and were not looking for anyone else.
This tragedy brought the country’s fierce, divisive Brexit campaign to a shocked standstill.
Groups on both sides of the British EU referendum have suspended their campaigns after the shooting of the lawmaker.The ”remain” and ”leave” campaigns said Thursday that campaign events will be stopped for the rest of the day.
A vigil was also held at the St.Peter”s Church in the memory of the brave MP.
A strong immigration activist, in her maiden speech at her Constituency, Jo Cox had talked about celebrating the human diversity . She said “Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration, be it of Irish Catholics across the constituency or of Muslims from Gujarat in India or from Pakistan, principally from Kashmir.”
Here are some of reactions that poured in after the shooting of Jo Cox in Yorkshire:
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
However, European Union Election Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos felt a political angle to the whole incident
Jo Cox murdered for her dedication to European democracy and humanity.Extremism
divides and nourishes hatred.Solidarity with her beloved
— DimitrisAvramopoulos (@Avramopoulos) June 16, 2016
Brendan Cox, Cox’s husband said “Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.”
Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney paid his condolences to Jo Cox at the Annual Mansion House dinner and descibed her as a ‘remarkable’ lady.
British Chancellor George Osborne, who also had to make a speech at the dinner,cancelled it as a part of his tribute to Jo Cox and said ‘Freedom, liberty and justice will prevail over the hate that killed her.’