UK politicians mourn murdered lawmaker

Hauwa Abubakar, Leeds


Political activities in the UK came to a halt on Friday as the country mourned a female Member of Parliament who was shot and killed in Birstall, near Leeds, North of England.

Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, died in hospital after she was stabbed and shot.

Local media reported that an eyewitness said he heard her attacker shout “put Britain first” at least twice before he attacked.

Cox, a mostly left-wing politician had just attended a constituency meeting.

Tributes and condolence messages have poured in from across the country and Vigils were held on Thursday night.

Mrs Cox, 41, is the first sitting MP to be killed since 1990, after Ian Gow was killed by Northern Irish terror groups in a spree of attacks on politicians.

A suspect has been arrested and named as Mr Tommy Mair.

There are reports that he had a history of mental health issues and that as a young man, he may have had sympathy for far-right groups.

Mr Mair’s name appears on a website listing him as a past subscriber to the SA Patriot – a magazine published by a South African pro-apartheid group, the BBC reported.

Meanwhile a US civil rights group, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), claimed it had obtained records showing Mr Mair had links with the US neo-Nazi organisation National Alliance (NA) between 1999 and 2003.

Reports say the gun used to shoot Mrs Cox was not homemade, but was a real weapon shortened in some way.

The UK political party Britain First, which boasts of its hatred of white left-wing politicians, has issued a video statement condemning the attack and says that it had no connection with the incident.

Until her death, Jo Cox was married and was a mother of two.

She was passionate about equality, peace and global human rights.