British MP Jo Cox, supporter of UK remaining in EU, shot in Birstall

 British MP Jo Cox, supporter of UK remaining in EU, shot in Birstall

Campaigning for Britain's EU referendum next week was suspended on Thursday following news a leading MP with the "Remain" camp was in a critical condition after being shot. Jo Cox, a 41-year-old mother-of-two from the opposition Labour Party, was left bleeding on the pavement after the incident in the town of Birstall in northern England, according to witnesses quoted by local media. AFP


A police forensic officer picks up a coat from the crime scene on the pavement outside the library in Birstall, northern England, where Labour MP Jo Cox was shot. British MP Jo Cox died from her injuries, police said, after being reportedly shot and stabbed in an attack in the street. AFP


A cafe owner told the Press Association that the gunman was shouting "put Britain first". "He shouted it about two or three times. He said it before he shot her and after he shot her," he said. AFP


Cox, who was also reportedly stabbed, is the first British MP to be killed in office since Ian Gow was killed by a car bomb planted by the Irish Republican Army in 1990. AFP


Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (C) speaks to members of the press as he attends a vigil to slain Labour MP Jo Cox in Parliament square in London. AFP


Police said a 52-year-old man had been arrested and a firearm had been recovered from the scene. Cox, a former aid worker, was only elected to parliament last year but had already made her name campaigning for the government to do more to help Syrian refugees and for Britain to stay in the EU. AFP


After the attack, pro- and anti-Brexit groups said they were suspending all campaigning for Thursday and Friday ahead of the 23 June EU membership referendum. Prime Minister David Cameron cancelled a planned rally during a historic but controversial visit to Gibraltar as part of his campaign for Britain to remain in the EU. AFP

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Updated Date: Jun 17, 2016 10:39:58 IST