Tommy Mair charged with murder of Labour MP Jo Cox

Jo Cox

by Hannah Mellin |
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Thomas Mair, 52, has been charged in connection with the murder of Labour MP Jo Cox, who was tragically shot and stabbed in the street outside her constituency surgery in Birstall on Thursday.

According to eyewitness accounts, her attacker had screamed “Britain First” as he carried out the atrocious crime.

He is due in Westminster Magistrates' Court today where he is set to be charged with murder. Other offence charges include GBH, possession of a firearm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon.

According to the BBC, Thomas gave his name in court as "Death to traitors, freedom for Britain".

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said on Friday that a 77-year-old man remains in a stable condition in hospital after he was injured when he ‘bravely intervened’ in an effort to help Mrs Cox.

Rememberance services and vigils have been held accross the UK since Thursday and the nation is united in grief at this tragic event. Prime Minister David Cameron and Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn joined members of her hometown as they came together to lay flowers, light candles and stand in silence in memory of Mrs Cox.

Jo Cox

Labour leader Mr Corbyn described Mrs Cox was ‘an exceptional, wonderful, very talented woman, taken from us in her early 40s when she had so much to give and so much of her life ahead of her’.

However, the most poignant tribute to one of the country's rising political stars was made by her husband. He released this statement on behalf of himself and their two children.

Jo Cox

"Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love.

I and Jo's friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.

Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it everyday of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.

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.

Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full."

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