Country in shock after killing of MP Jo Cox

BATLEY and Spen Labour MP Jo Cox was killed in a brutal daylight attack in Birstall that has shocked the nation.

West Yorkshire Police acting chief constable Dee Collins said Mrs Cox, 41 was pronounced dead at 1.48pm on Thursday.

A 77-year-old man also suffered non-life threatening injuries in the attack.

It followed a shooting and stabbing incident on Market Street, outside Birstall Library, just before 1pm.

Jo Cox worked for Oxfam before entering parliament as MP for Batley and Spen at the general election in May 2015.

She attended Heckmondwike Grammar School from 1985 to 1992 followed by Cambridge University.

Mrs Cox graduated with a degree in social and political studies in 1995 and then worked as an advisor to Labour MP Joan Walley to December 1997.

After then she work for Britain In Europe before becoming an advisor to MEP Glenys Kinnock in January 2000.

From June 2002 to May 2009 Mrs Cox held various roles at Oxfam, from head of the Brussels office to head of humanitaring campaigning.

Mrs Cox, a mother of two young children, was married to Brendan, a former adviser to Gordon Brown who was chief executive of Save the Children.

After leaving Oxfam she was director of the Maternal Mortality Campaign, a global charity founded by the then Prime Minister’s wife Sarah Brown.

Further roles followed with Save the Children, the NSPCC and the White Rippon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.

From September 2010 to September 2014 Mrs Cox was chairman of the Labour Women’s Network.

Around that time she was announced as Labour’s candidate to replace long-serving Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood.

She succeeded him with a majority of 6,057 over second-placed Tory Imtiaz Ameen.

In between Mrs Cox worked as an advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and anti-slavery charity the Freedom Fund.

Since entering parliament she made a name for herself campaigning on Syria issues.

She was also vocal in voicing concerns about changes at Dewsbury District Hospital, particularly the maternity unit.

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