Minute’s silence held in tribute to MP Jo Cox

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A minute’s silence has been held in Wakefield following the death of Jo Cox yesterday.

More than 200 people gathered at the city’s war memorial to pay their respects to the Batley and Spen MP.

Mum-of-two Ms Cox, 41, died after being shot and stabbed outside Birstall Library, where she held her advice surgeries, yesterday afternoon.

Following this morning’s event, Wakefield Council leader Peter Box said: “It is with extreme sadness that I extend our thoughts and sympathies to Jo’s family and friends at this terrible time of loss.

“This appalling act of violence has robbed a family of a much loved mother and wife, and a community of their greatest champion. She was fiercely proud of representing the people of Batley and Spen and had dedicated her life to fighting injustice in the world.

“As we come to terms with what has happened, it is essential that we continue to live by the core values and principles, for which Jo was such a passionate advocate, which enable us to live in a fair and open society.”

A 52-year-old man was arrested following the attack on Ms Cox and a police investigation is ongoing.