Jo Cox was murdered because of her views, husband claims

Pro-EU Labour MP was shot and stabbed to death in northern England on Thursday

Tributes laid by the Syria Solidarity Campaign during a vigil in remembrance of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox  in Parliament Square in central London, England. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

Tributes laid by the Syria Solidarity Campaign during a vigil in remembrance of murdered Labour MP Jo Cox in Parliament Square in central London, England. Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

 

British politician Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed in the street last week, died because of her strong political views, her husband said on Tuesday.

Ms Cox, a supporter of Britain’s EU membership who had also campaigned for the UK to do more to help refugees, was killed in her northern English electoral district by a man heard shouting “Britain first”.

“She had very strong political views and I believe she was killed because of those views,” her husband Brendan Cox told broadcasters.

Parliament was recalled on Monday from campaigning for this week’s referendum on EU membership to pay tribute to the Labour MP, who worked for aid agency Oxfam before entering parliament last year.

Many politicians praised Ms Cox, a 41-year-old mother of two children, for her ability to work across political party lines to further the causes she believed in.

Her husband said Ms Cox had been worried that politics was becoming too tribal, that people didn’t work together as individuals on issues any more and were being driven to more extreme positions.

“She was particularly worried about the direction of, not just of in the UK but globally . . . of politics at the moment, particularly around creating division and playing on people’s worst fears rather than their best instincts,” he said.

Tributes

During Monday’s tributes, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said Ms Cox’s death “appeared increasingly likely to have been a politically motivated attack”.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested and charged with Cox’s murder.

Reuters