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UK: Tributes paid to murdered Labour politician

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By Euronews
UK: Tributes paid to murdered Labour politician

Tributes have been pouring in following the death of a British MP who was shot and stabbed on Thursday.

Jo Cox, an opposition Labour politician, was attacked near the northern English city of Leeds. In London’s Parliament Square people came to pay their respects to the 41-year-old mother of two.

In Birstall, West Yorkshire, where the attack took place, remembrance services have also been held. The killing has prompted widespread shock and grief.

Colleagues of the MP have also expressed a determination that the murder won’t drive a wedge between them and their constituents, despite warnings they should review their security.

“We are there not to serve our own interests but to serve the interest of the people who sent us to Parliament and Jo felt that very keenly, and an MP cannot do their job if they lock themselves up in their office in Westminster,” said Rachel Reeves, opposition Labour party MP.

Campaigning for the UK’s referendum on the EU remains on temporarily on hold as a mark of respect for the Labour politician.

A 52-year old man, named locally as Tommy Mair, has been arrested in connection with the killing inside the MPs constituency.

The attacker is alleged to have shouted ‘‘put Britain first’‘, but the motive for the murder and whether it was politically motivated, still remains unclear.