Lincolnshire MPs pay tribute following Jo Cox killing

Tributes are being made by politicians across Lincolnshire following the tragic murder of Labour MP Jo Cox on Thursday, June 16.

EU referendum campaigning has been temporarily suspended after the 41-year-old MP for Birstall, West Yorkshire was shot and stabbed following her local constituency surgery.

Her attacker is reported to have shouted “Britain first” a number of times.

A 52-year-old suspect, named locally as Thomas Mair, has been arrested.

Police had been looking into the mum-of-two’s security after she was subjected to abusive messages, according to The Times.

MPs have reportedly been advised to contact police to review their security measures following the murder.

Tributes are being made from all sides of the political divide.

Lincoln’s MP Karl McCartney said: “The whole McCartney family is stunned by such sad news that brave Jo Cox has died of her injuries. Prayers from us all for her family and friends.”

MP for Gainsborough Edward Leigh said: “I am deeply shocked and saddened to learn of the death of Jo Cox today. My thoughts are with her husband, two children, family and friends.”

He added that a planned rally on Friday, June 17 has been cancelled as a mark of respect for Jo Cox and her family.

Statement by Victoria Atkins on her Facebook page.

Statement by Victoria Atkins on her Facebook page.