June 16, 2016 by
A prominent British politician was shot and stabbed after she had conducted meetings with members of her constituency. Labour party MP Jo Cox was shot three times and stabbed at a library in the town of Birstall. The attack happened on the afternoon of June 16. Cox later died of her injuries. She was 41 years old.
Shortly afterwards, Tommy Mair, 52, was arrested by armed police. Cox’s Labour party colleague Maria Eagle tweeted that the attacker shouted “Britain First” before shooting. A possible reference to a far-right political party dedicated to getting the United Kingdom to withdraw from the European Union.
Cox was the member of parliament for Batley and Spen since 2015. She was also a campaigner Remain campaign in the upcoming referendum in the United Kingdom surrounding membership of the European Union.
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