Eastbourne MP Caroline Ansell says she is “shocked and devastated” by the death of fellow MP Jo Cox, who was killed yesterday (June 16) in her Yorkshire constituency.
Mrs Cox, a mother of two, was shot and stabbed after a surgery in her constituency.
Tory Mrs Ansell has paid tribute to her Labour rival who she recently supported in a tug-of-war competition.
In an online statement she said, “I remain stunned by yesterday’s news from Batley & Spen where its Member of Parliament, Jo Cox, lost her life in the most violent way.
“After a regular community advice surgery, Jo was attacked by a man, local to that area, now held in custody. She died as a result of her injuries.
“Just days ago, I was cheering her on in a charity tug of war. She was so full of life. Like me, she was a new MP in 2015.
“This last year I have heard her speak many times.
“I admired her conviction and her strength of purpose. She was a powerful advocate for those caught up in the refugee crisis.
“As a mum myself, it is devastating to think of her children. Her husband said she fought everyday for a better world and would want us all to unite to defeat the hatred which killed her.
“So with thoughts and prayers for all those she loved, dear Jo, rest in peace.”
Mrs Cox, 41, is the first sitting MP to be killed since 1990, when then Eastbourne representative Ian Gow died in a bomb blast outside his Hankham home.
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