- UK Parliament to be recalled on Monday
- Corbyn and Cameron visit constituency to pay tribute
- “This is a tragedy beyond tragedy” – Corbyn
- “Parliament has lost one of its best MPS” – Cameron
Parliament to be recalled
The leader of the opposition in the UK says Parliament will be recalled from recess on Monday to allow politicians to pay tribute to their slain colleague Jo Cox.
Jeremy Corbyn was speaking alongside Prime Minister David Cameron, near the place in the northern town of Birstall where the MP died after a shooting and knife attack on Thursday.
He called her killing “an attack on democracy”.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said JO Cox’s death showed how hatred and division need to be driven out of politics.
A joint visit
The two men travelled to lay flowers at a memorial near the site of the killing in Burstall, northern England.
They were joined by:
- Commons speaker John Bercow
- Leeds MP and shadow foreign secretary Hilary Benn
- Speaker’s Chaplain the Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin
What Jeremy Corbyn said
“She was a campaigner for human rights and justice all around the world. She was taken from us in an act of hatred in a vile act that has killed her.”
“It’s an attack on democracy – what happened yesterday. It is the well of hatred that killed her”.
- “We need our whole society to be secure”
- Jo Cox had worked for anti-slavery campaigns, for Oxfam, for human rights all around the world.
- “What happened is an attack on democracy”
- The statement from her husband, Brendan Cox, is “exceptional.”
- Has asked for parliament to be recalled and this will happen on Monday.
- “It is a tragedy beyond tragedy” what happened to her.
- He is “deeply sorry and deeply sad” about what happened.
What Cameron said
“Today our nation is rightly shocked. And I think it is a moment to stand back and think about some of the things that are so important about our country.”
“The fact that we should treasure and value our democracy, where members of parliament are out in the public, accountable to the public, available to the public, and that’s how Jo died. She died doing her job.”
- He first met Jo Cox in 2006 in Darfur
- “Two children have lost their mother and parliament has lost one of its best MPs”
- “It is a day to stand back and think about what we treasure”
- One of those is having MPs available to the public.
- “We should value and see as precious the democracy we have in these islands”.
- Where we see intolerance, we should drive it out.
Why is parliament not sitting?
Parliament has not sat since Thursday, to allow members to campaign ahead of a referendum on EU membership on June 23.
Campaigning was halted in the immediate aftermath of the attack.