Jo Cox MP death: Man charged with murder

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Labour MP Jo Cox died after the attack in her constituency in Birstall

A man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox.

West Yorkshire Police said Thomas Mair, 52, has been charged with the murder of the 41-year-old.

She was shot and stabbed outside her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.

Mr Mair will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Saturday and faces a number of other charges, including grievous bodily harm.

He is further charged with possession of a firearm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon, the force said.

Speaking on Friday, temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said a 77-year-old man remains in a stable condition in hospital after he was injured when he “bravely intervened” in an effort to help the mother of two.

Vigils were held across the country on Friday evening as members of the public and politicians came together to lay flowers, light candles and stand in silence in memory of Mrs Cox.

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Flowers and candles have been laid in Parliament Square

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David Cameron and Jeremy Corbyn laid flowers in tribute to Jo Cox in her constituency of Batley and Spen

The Prime Minister said the whole nation was “rightly shocked” at her death and called for people to “value, and see as precious, the democracy we have on these islands”.

Politics is about public service and MPs want to “make the world a better place”, he said.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn described the former aid worker as “an exceptional, wonderful, very talented woman…. [who] had so much to give and so much of her life ahead of her”, during a joint visit to her home town.

President Barack Obama has also offered his condolences and phoned Mrs Cox’s husband from Air Force One.

A White House statement said: “The president noted that the world is a better place because of her selfless service to others, and that there can be no justification for this heinous crime, which robbed a family, a community, and a nation of a dedicated wife, mother and public servant.”

The Remain and Vote Leave sides have suspended national campaigning in light of her death.

Mrs Cox is the first sitting MP to be killed since 1990, when Ian Gow was the last in a string of politicians to die at the hands of Northern Irish terror groups.

She entered Parliament as MP for Batley and Spen in last year’s general election.

A fund set up in her memory has raised more than £218,000 for three causes which her family and friends said were close to her heart.

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Conservative peer Baroness Sayeeda Warsi and Labour MP Naz Shah attended a vigil in Batley

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