‘Devastating and utterly senseless’: Tributes flood in from across south west London for Labour MP Jo Cox

Tributes have poured in from across south west London for Labour MP Jo Cox who was tragically killed in her constituency yesterday.

The MP for Batley and Spen was shot after holding her constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire on Thursday.

Her attacker, named locally as 52-year-old Tommy Mair, is reported to have shouted “put Britain first” multiple times during the attack.

New London mayor Sadiq Khan led tributes to the 41-year-old mother and wife.

Heart-felt messages flooded in from all political parties, including Labour’s Rosena Allin-Khan, the Green Party’s Esther Obiri-Darko and Conservative MP Jane Ellison.

Dr Allin-Khan declined to make a victory speech after wining the Tooting by-election last night and instead chose to honour Mrs Cox.

She said: “My thoughts and prayers are with Jo’s husband and her children. She was a proud and passionate campaigner who will be desperately missed.

“Jo’s democracy reminds us that our democracy is precious but fragile. We must never forget to cherish it.

“Thousands of people voted today and we are all in here in recognition of our democratic values.”

Ms Obiri-Darko, who was the Green Party’s candidate for the Tooting by-election, said: “The dreadful events that took place in Yorkshire remind us all that, as Jo Cox herself once said, there are more things in life that unite us, than divide us.

“So many of us who enter politics do so hoping to make the world a better, safer and happier place.”

#JoCoxMP has been trending on Twitter since the incident as thousands used the social media site to pay their tributes and express their condolences to Jo’s family.

In light of the news, some MPs decided to stand united and made it clear they will still be going ahead with their surgeries today.

Featured image courtesy of Mitcham & Morden Lab via Twitter, with thanks

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