British female lawmaker Jo Cox of the opposition Labour Party, has died as a result of her injuries from an attack. She was stabbed and shot and was left bleeding on the ground after the attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire.
The lawmaker’s bereaved husband, Brendan Cox, said that her killing marked the “beginning of a new chapter in our lives.”
The 41-year-old is the first British lawmaker to be killed in office since conservative lawmaker Ian Gow was assassinated by the IRA in 1990.
Police have not commented on the circumstances surrounding the attack and a motive wasn’t immediately clear, but one eyewitness claimed that they heard her attacker shout “put Britain first” at least twice beforehand.
Britain will in one week vote a momentous public referendum on whether to stay or leave the European Union. A new survey by Ipsos Mori showed support for leaving the EU now stands at 53 percent compared to 47 percent for those who want to stay in, excluding undecided voters
Passions have been running high and the political environment has become toxic, with MPs accused of lying and making up their arguments on both sides of the debate.
Cox, who was elected a Member of Parliament for Batley and Spen in Yorkshire last year, was a supporter of Britain voting to remain in the EU.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, who canceled a scheduled “Stronger In” pro-EU rally in Gibraltar Thursday following the attack, described the killing as “dreadful, dreadful news.”
“She had a huge heart. She was a very compassionate, caring MP. She was a bright star — no doubt about it. A star for her constituents, a star in parliament, and a star right across the House.”
Labour leader Mr Corbyn said the country would be “in shock at the horrific murder”, describing the MP as a “much loved colleague”. He added: “Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman said the Queen will write privately to Mr. Cox.
Mrs. Cox, who was born in Batley, was elected in 2015. She was educated at Heckmondwike Grammar School who have issued a statement saying staff and pupils were “deeply shocked and saddened”. The school, it said, was proud of her contribution to local and national democracy and of her “determined, caring campaigning for the world’s disadvantaged.”
Mrs. Cox graduated from Cambridge University in 1995 and went on to become head of policy at Oxfam.