41-year-old British Labour MP for Batley and Spen, Jo Cox was killed after being stabbed and shot in the street outside the library in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she held her regular constituency surgery.
She was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday
A 52-year-old man, named as Thomas Mair, has been arrested. Mair lived locally and was known to have had mental health problems. There are reports that he had links to far-right groups.
Eye-witnesses said he shouted “Britain first” as he attacked Cox, with witnesses described as a hunting knife and a “home-made” gun.
Cox’s husband, Brendan, said after her death was announced: “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.”
UK Prime Minister, David Cameron said: “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.”