This content is not available in your region

Flag at half-mast over the UK parliament

Access to the comments Comments
By Catherine Hardy
Flag at half-mast over the UK parliament
  • Flag flies at half-mast over Parliament
  • Jeremy Corbyn leads tributes for slain Labour MP
  • 52-year-old man arrested

The flag of the United Kingdom is flying at half mast outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion; it is poisonous

This time, MPs are mourning one of their own – Jo Cox, the 41-year- old Labour member for Batley and Spen in the county of West Yorkshire.

A husband’s moving tribute

On the day his wife lost her life in a shooting and stabbing attack, her husband has released a heart-rending statement to the press.

In it, Brendan Cox says “Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”

Jo Cox believed the UK should stay in the EU.

The shock of her death has brought the country’s fierce and divisive referendum campaign to a shocked standstill.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister David Cameron were among the first to pay tribute.


Labour Party leader and Leader of the Opposition, Jeremy Corbyn – “Jo Cox died doing her public duty”

Prime Minister David Cameron – “It is right that we have suspended campaigning activity”

“We have lost a great star. She was an MP, a great campaigning MP with huge compassion, with a big heart. And people are going to be very very sad at what has happened. Dreadful news. It is right that we have suspended campaigning activity in this referendum, and everyone’s thoughts will be with Jo’s family and with her constituents at this terrible time.”

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron – “This is a devastating attack on our peaceful society.”

Boris Johnson, MP, Leave campaigner – “Sad and shocked”

Nigel Farage, leader of UKIP, MEP, leave campaigner – “Sincerest condolences to her family”

Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament – “Deeply saddened”

EU High representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini – “All my thoughts are with the family and friends of Jo Cox”

Ex-UK PM Gordon Brown and his wife, Sarah – “Our memories will be forever scarred by this moment.”

Oxfam – “Everyone is devastated at the loss of our much-loved and admired former colleague, Jo Cox MP”

Church packed for vigil

Dozens of friends and family gathered for a vigil at a church in Jo Cox’s West Yorkshire constituency.

The church will open its doors again on Friday to accommodate the number of people who want to pay their respects.