'A very strong, very spirited woman' - Stephen Pound MP pays tribute to Jo Cox

'Very strong, very spirited woman' - Stephen Pound MP pays tribute to Jo Cox

The MP for Batley and Spen was killed in an attack in West Yorkshire

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Stephen Pound MP has paid tribute to Jo Cox following the tragic news of her death.

The MP for Batley and Spen was attacked as she left a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire after a constituency meeting and suffered multiple gunshot and stab wounds. Cox was taken to hospital in a critical condition, where she later passed away. 

A 52 year-old man was arrested in the area and later named as Tommy Mair.

Cox's husband Brendan has released a statement calling on the public "to unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. He further stated: "hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous". 

Pound, the Labour MP for Ealing North, expressed his shock and paid tribute to Cox in an interview with Ash Gould.

"It's almost unbelievable something like this happened," he said. "You just can't take it in. 

"Jo Cox was immensely popular, very strong, very spirited woman, and incredibly active in Parliament with a huge amount of charity work beforehand. 

"For a thoroughly decent young woman to lose her life is an absolute tragedy.

"One death is one death too many."