Labour MP and much loved Wapping resident Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in an incident at her constituency surgery in West Yorkshire earlier today.
Jo died of her wounds later in the afternoon.
Jo is well known in Wapping as she lives with her husband Brendan and two children at Hermitage Moorings and is a key member of our community.
The thoughts and best wishes of all the people in Wapping are with Jo and her family.
More details of as we get them.
Update 18:50 hrs
At 17:15 West Yorkshire police made a formal announcement that Jo had died of her wounds.
Statement from Jo’s husband, Brendan Cox
“Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo’s friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.
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.
She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.
Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.”
Update 15:26 hrs
Attacker allegedly shouted ‘Britain First’
Update 15:08 hrs
Jo has been airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
A 52 year old man has been arrested by police.
For more information
- Labour MP Jo Cox dies after attack in West Yorkshire – latest updates (Guardian)
- Jo Cox MP Member of Parliament for Batley & Spen
- Jo Cox MP (Wikipedia)
- Labour MP Jo Cox fights for life after being shot outside library near Leeds (Telegraph)
- Jo Cox MP critically injured amid shooting reports (BBC News)