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Labour MP Jo Cox shot in Birstall

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POGS Thu 16-Jun-16 14:12:42

I am sorry to be watching this ' unravelling' news report .

I hope she will be OK. Her poor family.

It is being reported that 2 people have been shot and 2 stabbings but no police confirmation as yet. The area is on lock down at the moment and there is a Primary School in the vicinity .

I hope the gunman is caught soon.

threesugars Thu 16-Jun-16 14:32:57

Oh, that is awful! I hope she is ok. What is happening. Just the build up to this referendum has brought about so much unpleasantness.

dramatictessa Thu 16-Jun-16 14:36:32

What's the referendum got to do with it? There are no details as to why this has happened.

Riverwalk Thu 16-Jun-16 14:39:04

Wishing the poor girl well.

I really do hope that this is not a 'political' act.

whitewave Thu 16-Jun-16 14:42:52

He's probably dotty. Been arrested so no one running amuck.

There was a suggestion that she is critical - hope it's wrong, and she's bouncing back within a couple of days.

threesugars Thu 16-Jun-16 14:46:59

True - it could have nothing to do with it but it's the first conclusion I jumped to.

granjura Thu 16-Jun-16 14:53:21

Birstall in Leicestershire?

Devorgilla Thu 16-Jun-16 14:54:04

Awful news. Let's hope she pulls through. News is indicating that she stepped in to calm an altercation between two men, over what we don't know. We will just have to wait and see if it was a 'domestic' between the two men and she was just unfortunate collateral damage or something much more sinister. Whatever it is no-one deserves this just for carrying out their duties and exercising common human decency.

threesugars Thu 16-Jun-16 14:55:56

New reports are saying it may well be referendum related. He is reported to have been shouting 'Britain First'. So awful sad

Devorgilla Thu 16-Jun-16 15:00:11

Yes, I saw that on one of the blog sites along with some very unsavoury posts. There is also a view that it is to do with her abstaining over Syria. Whatever the reason none of our public servants deserve this. They have a right to go about their business without 'let or hinderance'.

Lazigirl Thu 16-Jun-16 15:10:18

Both sides have suspended campaigning after this attack.

Jalima Thu 16-Jun-16 15:30:30

This is shocking; reports say she is critical.

I do hope she pulls through; not only an MP but the mother of small children.

Gracesgran Thu 16-Jun-16 15:48:10

Terrible news about the lovely Jo Cox. Hopefully we will hear better news soon.

Anniebach Thu 16-Jun-16 15:57:40

Shot, stabbed, kicked and he pulled at her hair, how can anyone have this hate

whitewave Thu 16-Jun-16 16:00:01

In a way I hope he is found to be of unsound mind, as if he isn't and was motivated by Nationalism that is really scary.

annodomini Thu 16-Jun-16 16:06:59

He was reported to have shouted 'Britain First' three times as he shot her. It's also reported that Leeds General Hospital is under armed guard.

janeainsworth Thu 16-Jun-16 16:08:40

The report I saw said the attacker was yelling 'Britain First'.
Whether he is of sound mind or not, it is absolutely dreadful that this should happen on our streets and an utterly chilling indication of the direction the country has taken in the last few years, and where we might be heading.
I do hope Jo Cox recovers.

Anniebach Thu 16-Jun-16 16:10:34

I think the very same Whitewave , no one of sound mind could have done this . I have been speaking to someone from the Labour Party campaign who is sobbing, Jo has worked for Oxfam, is a strong woman's rights campaigner, advisor to Sarah Brown when she started her charity for still and prem births . Such a good human being .

janeainsworth Thu 16-Jun-16 16:10:49

I feel also that when this can happen in Leeds, we are in no position to criticise the US.

rosesarered Thu 16-Jun-16 16:12:25

Nobody of ' sound mind' does these sort of things.

Anniebach Thu 16-Jun-16 16:14:36

Just received a photograph of Jo, her husband and two little girls on the Thames yesterday , part of the In campaign flotilla

whitewave Thu 16-Jun-16 16:22:07

Sarah Champion on BBC talking about the level of absolute hate that MPs experience on a day to day basis. She was totally unprepared for it.

Where are we going wrong?

Anniebach Thu 16-Jun-16 16:30:22

Hatred can be easily whipped up Whitewave

daphnedill Thu 16-Jun-16 16:33:00

I'll hold back until more of the attacker is known. However, unless he had some kind of identifiable mental illness, I would say he was very much of a sound mind. Otherwise every single murderer, including ISIS fighters, could be described as not being of sound mind.

If this does turn out to be related to the referendum or the Syrian War, I hope some people will think about the hatred which has been unleashed. The referendum decision should be based on rational decisions, not the emotive hogwash and personal attacks, which has become part and parcel of the campaigning.

My thoughts are with Jo Cox and her family.

daphnedill Thu 16-Jun-16 16:35:06

@ anniebach

I agree. Sarah Champion has mentioned this before, as has Luciana Berger, who has been the target of anti-semiticism.