The UK is in shock after one of their “brightest and most popular” MPs was shot and stabbed in a shocking daylight attack in northern England.
Labour legislator Jo Cox was campaigning in her electorate of Birstall on Thursday when she reportedly became involved in a scuffle with two men.
Witnesses say they heard two gunshots before the alleged gunman shot her again at close range.
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It’s alleged the 52-year-old, who has been arrested, also stabbed the mother of two.
She was treated at the scene before being pronounced dead soon after.
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Ms Cox was elected to the house of commons just a year ago but had become well known for her outspoken views on the Syrian civil war and was urging her constituents to vote to remain part of the EU in next week’s referendum.
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Following the horrific attack, both the Vote Leave and Britain Stronger in Europe campaigns suspended their activity.
It’s not known if the fatal attack was related to the referendum, but witnesses reported hearing the alleged attacker yelling “Britain First”.