Peterborough politicians shocked by fatal attack on MP

Jo Cox MP

Jo Cox MP

Peterborough politicians have expressed their shock after an MP was killed after she was stabbed and shot in the street today.

Jo Cox MP was killed in an attack outside Birstall Library, near Leeds this afternoon.

Ms Cox is Labour MP for Batley and Spen. She won the seat in last year’s general election.

One eyewitness said the 41-year-old mother of two was left lying in a pool of blood on the pavement after her assailant shot her twice after first assaulting her outside her library, where she had been holding an advice surgery.

A number of Peterborough politicians have taken to Twitter expressing their shock at what happened.

Ravensthorpe councillor Ed Murphy, who represents the Labour party, said campaigning had stopped as a mark of respect. He Tweeted: “Campaigning suspended follow shooting of Jo Cox a dear friend and campaigner for peace and respect.”

Peterborough MP Stewart said: “Shocking and terribly sad news of Jo Cox’ death. Awful. Prayers for her family at this time.” While former city councillor and Labour parliamentary candidate Lisa Forbes said: “Makes you wonder what makes people hate so much. Thoughts with Jo Cox MP and her family.”

A 52-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.