MP's shock at horrific killing of Yorkshire MP Jo Cox
MP James Heappey has spoken of his deep shock and sadness after
a fellow MP was killed after being stabbed and shot in a street
in Yorkshire yesterday (Thursday).
Jo Cox, Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was left bleeding on the
ground after the horrific attack in West Yorkshire and later died.
eyewitness told the BBC they heard her attacker shout "put
Britain first" at least twice beforehand. The
Vote Leave and Remain canpaigns both suspended their campaigning
in the EU referendum in light of the attack.
MP James Heappey told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "My office was
stunned as first we heard news that Jo Cox had been so brutally
attacked and then, far worse, that the attack had been fatal."
"She had been running her surgery in her local library, exactly
as I do every week. She was doing her job, serving her constituents
and trying to make a difference for the better in their lives."
added: "In my old job, friends and colleagues were killed
doing their duty but somehow today feels so different. In Iraq
and Afghanistan you always knew it could happen. But outside a
library in West Yorkshire?"
for the referendum has stopped. Quite right. But our work as MPs
cannot. The tiny minority who won't accept the disagreements that
come with democracy will not stop me or any other MP from doing
the job that I love and serving the community where I live."
surgery today (Friday) is at Wells Library from 3-4.30pm. When
I'm finished, I'm going to stand outside for a minute or two and
privately say a little prayer for Jo Cox. You're very welcome
to join me."