A Labour MP has been shot and stabbed in her constituency.
Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen, is in critical condition following a violent assault in Birstall. A man, described as in his fifties, wearing a white cap, has been taken into custody by the police.
Eyewitnesses describe the moment in which Cox was ambushed by a man armed with a knife and an outdated handgun and left gravely injured on the pavement.
The MP is undergoing emergency treatment in Leeds General Infirmary under armed guard.
The referendum campaigning groups ‘Vote Leave’ and ‘Remain’ have suspended their engagements today. The Prime Minister announced on Twitter that he would cancel his appearance at a campaigning rally in Gibraltar.
It's right that all campaigning has been stopped after the terrible attack on Jo Cox. I won't go ahead with tonight's rally in Gibraltar.
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 16, 2016
Siding with ‘Remain’, Cox is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. She has been tipped as an up-and-coming top politician and a government cabinet minister. She is chairwoman of the All Parliamentary Friends of Syria Group.
The BBC has Tweeted an image likely to be depicting the arrest of Cox’s attacker:
— BBC Look North (Yks) (@BBCLookNorth) June 16, 2016
A number of Members of Parliament and politicians from all sides of the referendum debate have Tweeted their support for Cox. Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, wrote:
Utterly shocked by the news of the attack on Jo Cox. The thoughts of the whole Labour Party are with her and her family at this time.
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) June 16, 2016
Nigel Farage, leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party, wrote:
Horrified to hear of the attack on Jo Cox. Wishing her well.
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 16, 2016
Angus Robertson, MP for Moray and the chief representative of the Scottish National Party in the House of Commons, Tweeted:
— Angus Robertson (@AngusRobertson) June 16, 2016
The MP for York Central, Rachael Maskell, has also Tweeted:
Completely in shock from hearing that @Jo_Cox1 has been subject to a brutal assault. Praying for Jo and her family at this time.
— Rachael Maskell MP (@RachaelMaskell) June 16, 2016
As a consequence of the suspension of campaigning, the Festival of Ideas debate between Lord Lawson and Yvette Cooper, due to be held in the Law and Management Building at the University of York, has been cancelled.
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