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West London MPs pay their tributes to MP Jo Cox who was stabbed and shot dead in devastating attack

Devastated fellow MPs pay their tributes after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed, later dying from her injuries

Grieved MPs across west London have paid their tributes to fellow MP Jo Cox who has been shot and killed in a devastating attack in West Yorkshire on Thursday (June 16).

The 41-year-old mother of two was shot three times and stabbed just before 1pm in Birstall in her Batley & Spen constituency.

She was pronounced dead around an hour later, leaving her husband Brendan and two young children, aged 3 and 5.

Fellow Labour Hammersmith MP Andy Slaughter, who was a friend of Jo's, said, "We have lost a brilliant and compassionate friend in Jo Cox.

"Constituents have lost a champion. For her family it is just unbearable."

Ealing Central and Acton MP Rupa Huq added: "Absolutely horrific news about my colleague Jo Cox.

"My thoughts and prayers are with her and her young family."

The news has left the wider community horrified, with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn taking to social media to express his shock.

London's Mayor Sadiq Khan added: "Jo was the best of politics and I will miss her."

The Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell said: "I send my deepest sympathy and condolences to Jo's family. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this tragic time.

"Jo was a dedicated campaigner for humanity, peace and social justice. She was a brave, compassionate MP. She died doing what she had done all her life, serving the community.

"Jo will be dearly missed, her passing is a great loss to us all." 

West Yorkshire Police have arrested a 52-year-old man.

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