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I'm Ros Atkins in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where an MP has died

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after being shot in the street outside her consituency.

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Jo Cox, a married mother-of-two and former aid worker,

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was shot and stabbed by her attacker.

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A 52-year-old man was arrested close to the scene.

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He's been named locally as Tommy Mair.

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This picture of Jo Cox was posted by her husband

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Tributes are being paid at the highest level

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We've lost a great star, she was a great campaigning MP,

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huge compassion, with a big heart, and people are going to be very

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Our other headlines: President Obama arrives in Florida

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to offer his condolences to the relatives of the victims

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Breakthrough as the cockpit voice recorder from the Egypt Air crash,

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British political leaders have been paying tribute to Jo Cox,

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a Member of Parliament who's been who's been killed

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I win this as they sure shot and stabbed. -- eyewitnesses said she

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was shot and stabbed. An elderly man was also injured

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in the attack. All referendum campaigning

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has been suspended The area behind me is cordoned off

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and there are many people from the town are standing on the pavement in

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the early evening sunshine are trying to comprehend the devastating

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murder of their local MEP, Jo Cox. Jo Cox was attacked on a pavement

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just in front of the local library just a few metres behind where I am

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talking to you from. Let us begin with a story of what happened in

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this report from the BBC's Ed Thomas. This morning, Birstall was

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acquired Yorkshire town and now it is full of armoured police, fear and

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unanswered questions. Why was the local MP, Jo Cox, shot and stabbed

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in the middle of the day? I saw him up the gun out and then he went like

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that with it fired a shot. This man watched the attack on his local MP.

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It never crossed your mind that she would fall on the four, bleeding. Jo

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Cox had been stabbed and shot. She was rushed to Leeds General

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infirmary, but today at 5pm, West Yorkshire Police confirmed she had

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died, despite the efforts to save a life. Just before 1pm today, Jo Cox

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M P or the tags in market Street, Birstall. I am now sad to have to

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report that she has died as a result of her injuries. My heart goes out

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to Jo Cox's husband, Brendan, their two children and their family and

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friends. The pain they must now be enduring is unimaginable. Our

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thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time. Within

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minutes of the attack, this footage was filmed close by. The BBC

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understands that the man being arrested is: Tommy Mair. All day,

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police forensic teams searched his home. Neighbours are struggling to

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understand what has happened. Did you see him this morning? Yes. Did

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he appear calm? Yes, you just walked straight past. He's normally quiet

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person who likes gardening. Is he a friendly neighbour? A man of few

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words, really. Jo Cox had only been an MEP for a year, but her

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reputation was growing. Accessible and always willing to listen. Just

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before the attack, she was in the local library talking and trying to

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help the local constituents. She was very down-to-earth, a loving, caring

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person. You could ask any question and she would answer you honestly.

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She was lovely. Now, police need answers. Why did it happen? What was

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the motivation? Tonight, Jo Cox's husband releases picture of his

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wife. Not just an MEP, but also a mother to two young children, a

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reminder of what has been taken. Well, Jo Cox had only been a member

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of Parliament since the general election of 2015, but she had

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already forged a formidable reputation. Here is the BBC's Carol

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Walker. Jo Cox was 153 Labour MPs newly elected in 2015. She swiftly

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made a name for herself as a rising star, is hugely popular. Friends and

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colleagues of all parties are shocked and deeply saddened at the

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news of her death. Tonight, the Prime Minister led the tributes.

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This is tragic and a dreadful news and my thoughts are with her

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husband, Brendan, and their two children and wider family. We have

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lost a great star. She was a great campaigning MP with a huge com

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passion, a big heart and people will be very, very sad at what has

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happened. Dreadful, dreadful news. It is a year since Jo Cox was sworn

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in as MP. Border raised locally, she had been to Cambridge and was the

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first in a family to graduate from university. Before she entered

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Parliament, Jo Cox was a passionate charity worker who once spent a

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decade in a variety of roles with the aid agency Oxfam and at

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Westminster, she continued to campaign on international

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development and foreign policy. This is somebody who had spent her whole

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career not in a bubble somewhere, but out in the field, working for

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Oxfam and absolutely understanding how things work out there in the

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real world. I share an office with the and Parliament will be a much

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poorer place. She described herself as a proud Yorkshire lass. In

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London, she lived with her husband and children on a barge on the

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Thames. I will be zipping down to the House of Commons which is about

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half an hour from where I live on a boat. From the outset, her honesty

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and determination won her a huge amount of respect. I decided to

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approach being an MEP with a decent, healthy chunk of cynicism. It is

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very humbling. It's an amazing building, but I won't be

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intimidated. Can the Prime Minister tell the house whether he thinks he

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has led public opinion on the refugee crisis or followed it? Away

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from Westminster, constituency surgeries and open meetings of an

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essential part of the work of MPs. The referendum campaign was

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surrendered -- suspended today as a mark of respect and several MPs have

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said the tragic death of young and colleague must not be allowed to

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harm the process of democracy. Well, as Carol has been telling us, Jo Cox

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represented the constituency of Batley and a member of Parliament in

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between 1983 and 1987 was Elizabeth Peacock and she is joining us live

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now in a Birstall. Elizabeth, what are your emotions today? Looe-macro

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great sadness, shock, I couldn't believe when I heard the radio this

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afternoon. I had to stop my car and pull over, I just felt so sick. I

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felt so sick of it could happen when a member of Parliament is going

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about their business that she is elected to do, meet her constituents

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and take up their problems or views on their behalf. It is a huge loss.

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She was a bright, lively, very experienced and experienced in

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different walks of life. She would have been a great asset to

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Parliament. Europe is that the Conservatives, she ripped out of the

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Labour Party, but it is striking today at how people across the

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political spectrum helper her in such high regard. I think Parliament

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does that, and politics does it. You wouldn't think so when you see what

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is up in an hour over the referendum and people fighting almost. But

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Parliament is like that, it comes together when something happens and

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I can understand why everybody has, together to speak highly of her,

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even though she had only been in Parliament for one year. She had

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made her mark. I saw her make her maiden speech, she was presentable,

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she made her speech well, it was well crafted. I was very impressed

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and I sat down and wrote her a letter and said well done. A maiden

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speech is quite awe-inspiring for the first time and she did write

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back to me, so we were correspondence. But you don't

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believe this tragedy. She was here in Birstall to hold a surgery which

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is something that all MPs do on a regular basis. Would you ever think

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about your safety when you did them? I didn't, but my husband reminded me

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a couple of hours ago that we had about four occasions when the police

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were needed to be in eye surgery, because they knew somebody who was

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attending, so they were always hidden, I would not have them into

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view, because people had to feel they could come and see me privately

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and speak frankly. I held my surgeries in the library down the

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road where she was today. If members of Parliament can't do that, then I

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do believe they can fulfil their duties as a member of Parliament. I

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was going to ask you about that. The zoomable, one of the core elements

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of being a member of Parliament that you relished was in direct contact

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with the people you're a present, whether they voted for you or not?

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Yes, I made it clear. This being a Labour seat for 50 years, I made it

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clear when I was elected that I represented everybody, not just the

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people who voted for me and I reinforced that fairly regularly for

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the first 12 months, because people thought that wouldn't happen and it

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did and I didn't represent everybody. That is what she was

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doing. Just a few metres away from us, flowers are starting to be laid.

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How else would you like this town and this constituency to remember Jo

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Cox? I think they will remember her, I'm not sure at this stage how, but

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there is a service tonight in Saint Peter's church and I think there

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will be others. So many people are still in shock. It is not easy to

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think other than take flowers and that is just the start. There will

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be a service, I am sure and people will remember her. She made her mark

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in such a short time. , Elizabeth, thank you. Elizabeth Peacock was

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member of this constituency between 1983 and 1997. Let us go live to Tom

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Bateman in Westminster. I'm sure there has Libya model but the

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conversations is the terrible news started to come through. Tell us

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what you have heard from MPs? There is a rare moment in politics causes,

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comes to a standstill and simply reflects. And here in Westminster

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tonight, it is a mark of the magnitude of the events, but also

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the shock, members of Parliament, politicians from across ability to

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divide have been feeling about this. There was an impromptu vigil taking

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place and getting under way at the moment in Parliament Square beneath

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Big Ben where candles are being licked and flowers are beginning to

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be laid. We've heard in the last few hours that flags will be lowered to

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half-mast at Downing Street and Government departments and right

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across Westminster. I think it is a sense of the way in which Jo Cox was

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regarded, despite the fact she was a new MEP as we have been heard. She

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was elected only last year, describing herself as a proud

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Yorkshire lass and wanted to represent the seat in which she was

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aboard. She media Limited mark in Parliament and it is striking the

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number of MPs, but Conservative, Labour and across various colours

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here in Westminster of different parties, the way in which people are

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being being tribute. One called her outstanding. Another called a rising

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star. And it was the work as a humanitarian aid worker before she

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came to Parliament that helped her make her mark in that very short

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time. She was the co-chair of the friends of Syria Parliamentary group

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and took that fight about her concern for Syrian refugees to

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Parliament. She felt passionately about it and she was noticed for it

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in that short time she was an MP. Would I be right in thinking that

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most MPs will go about their day-to-day work with no security? Is

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it an issue that is often discussed? We have heard from at least one MP

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tonight in the way -- about the way in which a decade ago, there was no

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thoughts about security when it came to constituency surgeries. In the

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last 16 years or so, there have been at least two incidents in which one

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member of polymer was attacked and another in which an aide to a member

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of polymer was attacked. I feel there's more conscious thought was

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security. We now that MPs take some advice on the police about how to

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hold their surgeries and the fact members of the public will be coming

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in. We heard from one Conservative MP who was threatened by a

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constituent and call the police and this person was found to have a

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knife on him. I think it tells you about the fact that of course, when

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people are meeting members of the public on a regular basis, some

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level of risk, but it really hasn't been a concern I think until today

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and I think that is why we have had such a shock that these appalling

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events. You have to go back 20 years or more to find the last time an MP

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was killed as the result of a criminal like so now was at the end

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of the dark days of the Troubles of Northern Ireland, but there will be

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focusing of mind is now about how MPs think about their security. Tom,

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thank you for joining us from Westminster. Well, he in Birstall in

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West Yorkshire, the local parish church will be holding a vigil for

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Jo Cox. The Reverend Paul Knight spoke to me earlier on. She was

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public, lively, determined to work for her community. A lovely person.

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When you talk about politicians, they are divisive figure. But I've

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heard nobody say anything negative about her character or personality,

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regardless of their politics. I'm not aware of anything. As I say, she

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was determined to help this community, individuals and groups

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alike. People watching us all around the world, here in Birstall. Can you

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tell us about the place? It is a community of 15,000 people, it has a

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retail Park it has Jacobean houses and gardens. There was the major

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factory and there are churches here. It is full of good, Yorkshire people

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with good hearts. Here we are in the market. What would have been

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happening here around lunchtime on the attack happened? It is market

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today and that is one of the reasons Joe was here doing her surgery,

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meeting people in the community. They have the market stalls set up

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and they would have been doing all the different kind of things and

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they, once a week and people come to it and the local shop around. Just

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to explain to viewers, behind any of the local library and that is where

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she would have been holding her surgery and meeting constituents?

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Yes, it was advertised surgery and anybody could go along to speak to

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her about whatever their concerns were. Just a moment ago, the record

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all of 12-year-old girls staring through the cord and to where she

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was attacked. It is hard to know what to say to them or any of the

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other teenagers or kids who have been looking on are today. It is a

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story that is hard to explain. Or to comprehend. So often we are talking

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about gun crime in America, but when it comes into your own community,

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the whole issues of life and death are brought home. And those of you

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watching BBC News I must also remind you of you want to follow the story

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on line, the BBC newsroom is winning a life page on the front of the BBC

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News website and also the BBC News app. We will return to Birstall in a

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few moments. Let's look at some of

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the day's other news. In the last hour, President Obama

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has arrived in Orlando to pay his respects to the victims

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of Sunday's shootings 49 people were killed,

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and some of the injured Our correspondent Laura Bicker has

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been speaking to friends The people of Orlando are trying

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to mend their broken hearts. # Forever he will reign,

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my God is awesome.# I tried to talk to Luis

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about what happened in the early hours of Sunday morning,

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but he just couldn't I later discovered he lost

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five of his friends. He lost five friends

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in there This is a tragedy we never

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thought would happen. This community is hurting and

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the president is arriving to say he President Obama has seen

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a more mass shooting during his tenure

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than anyone before him. Orlando has the grim

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notoriety of being There's a real need

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the laughter amid the tears. A chance to forget, if just

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for the moment. A waiter at this gay-owned

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restaurant used to DJ at the Pulse. He is overwhelmed by the level

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of support he has received. And now everyone is

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throwing rainbows out One act of violence

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does not And sometimes, just sometimes,

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it can help people realise they have The Egyptian team investigating last

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month's airliner crash in the Mediterranean say they have

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recovered the plane's The search team said the instrument

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had been damaged but its The Egyptair flight came down

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during a flight from Paris to Cairo. Sally Nabil has been telling us

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what it means for Yes actually, this is a major

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breakthrough in the search What we understand now

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is that the black box has been retrieved and will be transferred

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from the search vessel in the Mediterranean to the Egyptian

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coastal city of Alexandria where it will be picked up by members

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of the investigation committee. After they receive it,

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they will start analysing the data stored

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on the voice recorder. The statement issued

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by the committee a short while ago did not say how long this analysis

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is expected to take. It did not say if the

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recorder will have to be transferred outside Egypt where

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there are people who can specialise The investigators now

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have a much better clue into what exactly happened

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and caused this plane to crash. Perhaps the black box will not say

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exactly what caused the plane to crash into

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the Mediterranean but at least it will lead the investigation team

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in a much better direction so they can find out what was the reason

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behind this tragic plane crash. Last night as well

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the search vessel managed wreckage and we understand

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the search teams are drawing a map of the wreckage which has been

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spotted in different areas of the

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Mediterranean. Both sides in the European

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referendum have suspended their campaigns after a British MP

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was shot and critically wounded in her constituency

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in the north of England. Back to my colleague

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Ros Atkins is near the scene of the attack in Birstall,

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West Yorkshire. There is disbelief and all around me

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are TV news reporters, but also groups of locals talking to each

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other, some of them eating pizza, all of them trying to comprehend

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what took place just behind where I'm speaking to you from, because in

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front of the local library where Jo Cox was going to be holding a

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surgery to meet constituents and hear about their concerns, she was

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attacked. She was shot and she was stabbed and she subsequently died of

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her injuries. Well, Jo Cox represented the opposition Labour

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Party. Its leader is Jeremy Corbyn and he has been paying tribute to

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her. The whole of the Labour family are devastated to night. Jo Cox has

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been killed doing her duty, her work as a constituency MP. She is

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somebody who dedicated her life to human rights and justice. She worked

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for anti-slavery campaigns, she worked for Oxfam and she became an

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MEP for the area where she was born and grew up and loved. -- MP. In

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polymer, she was respected across the house is somebody with deep

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commitment and passion for human rights and justice. Sadly, today,

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she died. She was killed on the streets of her constituency, doing

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her duty as a local member of Parliament, helping people. She

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leaves behind a husband, a wonderful man who, likewise, spends his life

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campaigning for human rights and justice. And she leaves behind two

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young children. Two young children who will never grow up to see their

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mother again. They can be proud of what she was, they can be proud of

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what she did and they can be very proud of everything that she stood

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for. We come together at a time like this to support the family and to

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mourn. And also to reflect that the violence is not an answer to

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anything. We need to come together and express our deepest condolences

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to Jo Cox and her family. We've lost a wonderful woman. We've lost a

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wonderful member of Parliament. But our democracy will go on. Her work

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will go on as we mourn her memory, we will work in her memory to

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achieve that better world she spent her life trying to achieve. Earlier

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in the afternoon, Jo Cox's husband, Brendan, posted a picture of her in

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London and then a couple of hours later, he released a statement in

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which she talked about her zest for life and the joy and love that he

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brought in to his family's life and he repeatedly emphasised the need to

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bring up their children with the love which she showed them and he

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reiterated his commitment to doing that. Meanwhile, the police have not

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commented in any way on a possible motivation for this attack. They

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have both said they are not looking for anyone else as part of their

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investigation. Remember, they are already holding a 52-year-old man

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who was arrested shortly after the attack. I will also remind you that

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if you online as you are watching the coverage here on television, you

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can get a life page from the BBC newsroom which has collected all the

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very latest information on the story. You can get that through the

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BBC News app or through the BBC News website. The main story here from

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Birstall in a west Yorkshire is that this town's local member of

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Parliament has been killed. Stabbed and shot in the street.

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Good evening. Scotland and Northern Ireland have

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