Rugby flies flag at half mast for Jo Cox

Mark Pawsey.
Mark Pawsey.

People in Rugby have been paying tribute to murdered Labour politician Jo Cox today (Friday).

The MP for Batley and Spen was shot and stabbed while attending a constituency surgery in a library yesterday (Thursday). She later died from her injuries.

Her death has shocked the UK and campaigning for the EU referendum has been suspended out of respect for Jo and her family.

Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey said: “I didn’t know Jo but watched her speak from the other side of the chamber where I always heard her stand up for her constituency, and for her home town. I am sure that she would have become a rising star within her party and my thoughts are with her family at this terrible time.

“Jo’s murder reminds us all of the risks and challenges we face as MPs. The parliamentary authorities have rightly advised all of us to look carefully at our security arrangements; something I shall be doing in the coming days.”

Rugby Borough Council chose to fly their Union Jack at half mast (pictured) and many local councillors took to Twitter to express their personal condolences.

Rugby Borough Council flies the flag at half mast for Jo Cox. NNL-160617-161810001

Rugby Borough Council flies the flag at half mast for Jo Cox. NNL-160617-161810001

Cllr Michael Stokes, leader of Rugby Borough Council, wrote: “Absolutely tragic news about the murder of Jo Cox MP, by all accounts a life long public servant who always wanted to serve as an MP.”

Cllr Dale Keeling, who represents Eastlands ward, said: “Vote Leave Kenilworth and Southam campaigning suspended out of respect for Jo Cox. RIP and our thoughts to her family.”

The eastern branch of Rugby’s Labour party also tweeted: “On Behalf of @Jo_Cox1 the Labour Rugby East Branch would like to offer its heartfelt condolence to her and family.”

And Labour party member Jim Ellis added: “I didn’t know her - but driving home hearing the news: I feel so saddened and so very down about Jo Cox - awful and beyond belief.”