BIRSTALL, England — Jo Cox, a young Labour member of the British parliament, died Thursday after being shot and stabbed repeatedly on the street in a village in northern England where she was meeting with local constituents.
The 41-year-old mother of two was left bleeding on the pavement here in Birstall, 200 miles north of London. She was airlifted to a local hospital where she died about an hour after the shooting. A 77-year-old man was injured in the incident.
Violence against politicians is rare in Britain, as are gun attacks, and figures from all parts of the political spectrum expressed deep shock.
No serving U.K. member of Parliament has been killed since 1990, when Conservative lawmaker Ian Gow died after the Irish Republican Army placed a booby-trap bomb under his car outside his English home. A former lawmaker, Donald Kaberry, was injured in an IRA bombing in 1990 and died the next year.. see more