Suffolk MPs, politicians and community leaders in the region have paid tribute to MP Jo Cox who died after she was shot and stabbed in an attack in her constituency.
The 41-year-old Labour MP and mum of two was attacked and fatally wounded in Birstall, West Yorkshire, this afternoon. A 52-year-old man was arrested in the area.
Her husband Brendan said: “She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.”
Tributes have poured in for her from across the political spectrum.
The Prime Minister David Cameron said: “We’ve lost a great star.
“She was a very strong campaigning MP. She had a great track record of caring about refugees and had taken a big interest in how we can look after Syrian refugees and do the right thing in our world. She was a star for her constituents, a star in Parliament and a star right across the House.”
Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, said: “Jo was dedicated to getting us to live to our promises to support the developing world and strengthen human rights, and she brought those values and principles with her when she became MP.”
West Suffolk MP Matthew Hancock said: “Every Member of Parliament is a part of our great British democracy.
“Jo Cox was a hard working and passionate MP, who died doing her job serving her constituents. She was respected and loved on all sides, and went out of her way to work across party lines for the causes she believed in. This was not just an attack on her, but an attack on democracy.
“We are stronger as a nation for that democracy, and must come together to defeat those who choose violence over debate. My thoughts are with Jo’s husband and two young children.”
Before Mrs Cox’s death was announced, Bury St Edmunds MP Jo Churchill tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers go out to Jo Cox and her family during this most difficult time.”
Richard Howitt, MEP for the East of England, tweeted: “Jo Cox went into politics to help the poor of the world and it’s devastating news that she has been taken from us.”
The Rt Revd Martin Seeley, Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich, said: “People from all walks of life and from all political parties will be deeply shocked by this.
“Jo was a remarkable public servant who died doing her duty serving her constituents. In the coming days, there will be questions to answer about how and why this could happen.
“Her husband Brendan has appealed to all of us to fight against the hatred that killed her, and this we must do in whatever form hatred appears.
“Our prayers are with Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up now without their mother, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for.”