Brexit Campaigns Suspended After British Lawmaker Shot Dead By Mentally Ill Assailant

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Update: The West Yorkshire Police reports that Jo Cox has died as a result of her injuries. The police also adds that a full probe is under way to establish motive. It remains to be seen if the Brexit referendum vote will be delayed as a result of this death.

Update: 52-year-old man arrested after Labour MP Jo Cox was shot in street outside her constituency surgery has been named as Tommy Mair.  A brief public data history search reveals that Mair had psychological problems:

Thomas Mair, 46, started volunteering at the park after learning about the opportunity through the Mirfield-based Pathways Day Centre for adults with mental health problems.  He said: "I can honestly say it has done me more good than all the psychotherapy and medication in the world. "Many people who suffer from mental illness are socially isolated and disconnected from society, feelings of worthlessness are also common mainly caused by long-term unemployment.


"All these problems are alleviated by doing voluntary work. Getting out of the house and meeting new people is a good thing, but more important in my view is doing physically demanding and useful labour.


"When you have finished there is a feeling of achievement which is emotionally rewarding and psychologically fulfilling.


"For people for whom full-time, paid employment is not possible for a variety of reasons, voluntary work offers a socially positive and therapeutic alternative."

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Update: Responding to unconfirmed allegations the shooter shouted "Britain First!" before the incident, the group Britain First has said:

A single eyewitness also claimed (unconfirmed) that the assailant “apparently” shouted “Britain First” during the attack, but this is pure hearsay at the moment.


There is LOTS of use of words such as “apparently” and “allegedly”.


That hasn’t stopped the media publishing multiple articles condemning Britain First for somehow being involved.


Britain First obviously is NOT involved and would never encourage behaviour of this sort.


As an MP and and a mother, we pray that Jo Cox makes a full recovery.

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Update:  As BBG adds, campaigning was suspended in Britain’s European Union membership referendum after news of the attack, which happened just before 1 p.m., came out.

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Update: Here is a photo of Jo Cox' assailant getting arrested. As SkyNews adds, "West Yorkshire Police said a 52-year-old man was arrested in connection with the attack, which happened near the town's library. Witness Hichem Ben Abdallah said a man "was kicking her as she was lying on the floor." He said that after a bystander intervened, the attacker produced a gun, stepped back and shot her twice."


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With tensions in the UK already running high ahead of next week's historic Brexit vote, moments ago the Guardian reported that Jo Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, was in critical condition after she was shot and stabbed in her West Yorkshire constituency.  The Labour politician was injured in the attack and there is an ongoing police operation in the area, a witness told the Press Association.  It is unclear who the assailant was or the motive.

Jo Cox, the Labour MP for Batley and Spen

The following statement has been released from West Yorkshire Police:

"At 12.53 today, police were called to a report of an incident on Market Street, Birstall, where a woman in her 40s had suffered serious injuries and is in a critical condition. A man in his late 40s to early 50s nearby also suffered slight injuries.


Armed officers attended and a 52-year-old man was arrested in the area. There are no further details at present. Police presence in the area has been increased as a reassurance to the community."

The Labour Party have released the following statement:

"We're aware of the incident that happened this afternoon. All our thoughts are with Jo Cox and her family. We cannot give any further updates at this time."

Armed officers are reportedly on the scene in Birstall, near Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. West Yorkshire police said in a tweet: “We are aware of a serious incident ongoing in Birstall. Details will be released in the press in due course.”

The attack reportedly took place near the town’s library, where the MP holds advice surgeries. Yorkshire ambulance service said it was aware of an incident but had no further information.  According to a Labour source, Cox was shot and stabbed after she had conducted her morning surgery for constituents.

Another person, who has not been identified, was also injured and both were taken to hospital, the source said. The attack was said to have taken place sometime after 1pm. 

The whole incident lasted about 15 to 20 minutes according to witness Mr Abdallah, and another bystander told him Ms Cox had also been stabbed.

He added: "He was kicking her and he was pulling her by her hair. A very courageous man from the dry cleaners tried to restrain him and he couldn't stop him because all of a sudden he pulled a gun. She was a standing still target for him when he shot her."

Witness Clarke Rothwell told BBC News said there was an altercation between a man carrying a gun and Cox. He purposefully targeted her, said Rothwell, who runs the cafe next to the library where the incident took place.

“He shot this lady and then shot her again,” he said. “He lent down. Someone was wrestling with him and he was wielding a knife and lunging at her. Three times she was shot. People were trying to help her. Then he ran off down a one-way street. Me and my mate drove round to try and find him.”


According to Sky News, which cites a witness: "All of a sudden this guy in the baseball cap pulled  a gun. It looked like a gun from the First World War, or a handmade gun. He fired the first shot. I  ran away, as everybody else did. All of a sudden we heard the second shot."

More witness reports via Sky News:

Witness: "Her legs were in aid triangular way, like someone on a  bed. She was leaning a bit on the left-hand side, with her hair at the  back. Everybody was crying, the women. I'm absolutely shocked"

Witness: "All of a sudden we heard the second shot. Obviously, we remained in the restaurant for a couple of minutes. Then we decided to venture out and see what had happened. hen we went out and at first I didn't recognise that it was Jo. A lady was on the  floor, her face bleeding.

Witness: "She is still alive, I presume she's still alive We believe she is still alive but her condition has been described as serious. She looked as though she was still breathing."

Was Brexit a motive? Sky says that according to a witness report, the assailant shouted "Britain First".

It appears the assailant may have been caught.

More as we get in this developing story

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junction's picture

Sad to hear. Was it a Muslim?

1000yrdstare's picture

I thought they had a gun ban in England?,....hmmm... you better draft some more laws, that should keep you safe..

thesonandheir's picture

Witness Hithem Ben Abdallah :O

MillionDollarBonus_'s picture

This is the kind of terrorism that we've learned to expect from right wing extremists that constantly rail against respected government officials and business professionals. Unfortunately this extremist was not apprehended for his outlandish views earlier, and if he had been this tragic incident could have been averted. Government officials have to get wise to the threat of right-wing domestic terrorism now, before more lives are lost. Views that make false allegations against reputable government officials and corporate leaders should not and cannot be tolerated in a peaceful first world democracy. Law enforcement needs to proactively profile and detain people who resemble a potential right wing terror threat, if we want our children to grow up in a safe and peaceful environment. 

MagicHandPuppet's picture

Gerald Celente: “When People Lose Everything, They Have Nothing Left To Lose, And They Lose It”

NoDebt's picture

What the fuck is an "advice surgery" and why the hell would you do it in a library? 

EddieLomax's picture

All MP's hold regular "surgeries" where the people they represent can talk to them about issues they have.  It is one of the geniune bits of our democracy (and why the Euro MP's who represent ~500,000 voters each are a democratic farce!).

NoDebt's picture

The US and the UK- two nations divided by a common language.  On display here.  We just call them "town hall meetings".  I mean, when we do them at all, which is rarely.

RockySpears's picture

I think your Townhalls are for Group discussions, these surgeries are for a 1 on 1 talk with your MP, they are held 2-3 times a week by most MPs.  It helps if you actually have spoken to your local MP, it may not do any good, but maybe it helps.



Sandmann's picture

2-3 times/week  - you joke. 4 days a week they are in LONDON

Harlequin001's picture

I think the 'Britain First' bit might be a bit of a give away.

Was she 'Bremain' by any chance?

greenskeeper carl's picture

That sure is convinient timing. Just when it looks like the brexit is going to happen, some 'nut job' comes in with impeccable timing and does something crazy while yelling 'britain first' to turn just enough people away from the referendum that it doesn't pass.

This single crazy person will no doubt be responsible for the biggest stock market stick save in recent history.

Good thing he picked just the right moment to completely destroy the very cause he professed to believe in. I'm sure this is a complete coincidence, though.

nuubee's picture

Governments should be afraid of their people, people should not be afraid of their government.

Miles Ahead's picture

detain people who resemble a potential right wing terror threat - MDB

Classic.  As always.

The US and the UK- two nations divided by a common language

True.  In the US we tell a chick - "STFU bitch".  Not me, but we.

In the UK, it's "aw shut yer cake hole!".   Much more succinct and also insulting.

MagicHandPuppet's picture

I hate that this happened.  Very sad.  But, thank god it was just a politician

lincolnsteffens's picture

Most of them are as clueless as the people. It is very sad that defenseless people will remain the victims.

HopefulCynical's picture

I smell a "Bremain" false flag, courtesy of the Deep State, Union Jack Division.

Pinto Currency's picture


Tragic - but what happened to keep calm and carry on.

One person dies and you stop a country?

Haus-Targaryen's picture

While the guy who did this is a nutter (obviously) I guarantee you BREMAIN will use this the same way BREXIT would have used it had he shouted "allah ak bar!"

Let us hope the average idiot doesn't change their vote because of this.  

Pinto Currency's picture


Given Ms Cox's passing, the only possible vote is to bring in 100s of thousands of additional middle eastern immigrants in an overwhelming flood.

Certainly the UK voters should see the logic in 'remain' now.

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jeff montanye's picture

how bad does this story suck?  no, absolutely no speculation on why she was targeted (other than super pretty sweet looking labor party lady who was doing her job).  if he is said to have shouted britain first, the next fucking sentence is her stand on the issue.

according to this source she was a bremainer.

oh by the way, with all the hot and heavy about brexit, i just noticed that switzerland which had a pending application for eu membership dating from '92 i think, has passed legislation to withdraw the application:

Motasaurus's picture

Que Bono?

Who benefits most from suspending the referendum?  

jeff montanye's picture

and since i have gathered another down vote but still no reply (oh no, i replied not edited, it's too late i'm going to bed), i'll add this beauty i picked up on a less crowded zh thread.  it's referencing orlando but it has a much wider application imo (i want the t shirt):


The best Sun's picture

Those who benefit from it,

did it.

MK ultra pommy style.

kingvaclav's picture

What a coincidence: Cox was elected in 2015. As an MP, she was involved with Labour Friends of Palestine and wrote part of a 2015 report by the group, urging a lifting of the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

Victor von Doom's picture

There is no real vote - it's Kabuki. Britain stays.

No peaceful way out of a dictatorship.

Bob's picture

Once the results of the referendum are announced as a slim win for Bremain, the media will already have in hand their sombre speculations that it owed much to the lunatic right Brexit screamers having exposed themselves for the kind of people they are when this poor woman was mercilessly executed. 

Remains to be seen if the left will be that malleable.  But much of the middle is, so . . .

jeff montanye's picture

i wonder which sweet young beautiful clinton supporter (and her child?) will be lit on fire or somesuch by an insane putative trump supporter two days before the election.

that they have no shame and will stop at no evil demands such speculation.

"we came, we saw, he died" (with a knife up his ass).  cankles cackles.



Bob's picture

Whatever it takes, eh?  Whatever it takes.

Funny, there seems to even be a connection between Shillary and Brexit:

Sometimes you wonder if these people might sometimes talk!  Say, bumping into one other some way or other. 

Maybe at the pancake breakfasts at Davos.  Standing in line at the buffet. Plate, plastic ware and napkins in hand.  Juggling styrofoam cups of coffee as they tear away at the packets of sugar and and fumble with the wooden stir-sticks and no-spill lids.

They might even have "Hi, My Name Is" stickers on their chests! 

How else would they pull a thing like this off, after all?

divingengineer's picture

I presume the vote will need to be postponed now, to ensure public order, or some such nonsense. 

They are really sweating this one at the Bilderberg Meeting, you can bet your last shekel on that. 

Handful of Dust's picture

When Rumsfeld bombed the wrong group of innocent people he called it simply "collateral damage."



Lore's picture

Exactly. What if she was in a car accident?  However sad this incident may be within the appropriate context, it must not be allowed to interfere with and distract from a critical, historic national referendum.  Evil forces will attempt to use this for their own purposes, a kind of false flag.  DO NOT ALLOW IT.  DO NOT GIVE THEM MORE POWER. 

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

It's cruel, brutal and tragic that she was shot.

Given her looks, she should have been shagged -- good & proper -- not shot.

kiwidor's picture

she had the face of a shrew.  of a scold and nag.  a woman who knows best.

If she is dead, then good riddance.  The only tragedy is that it wasn't Cameron or one of the other inbred pigfuckers.

peddling-fiction's picture

Yep. Sadly, the summer of chaos is on. That is, on both sides of the pond.

U4 eee aaa's picture

It probably won't raise the fear and respect in them. They will classify this as a one off, mentally ill person.

now, if a sane rational voter...or five....were to do something like this, maybe that would turn on a light in those political brains of theirs

WordSmith2013's picture
Was the British MP shot and killed to thwart the highly successful BREXIT campaign?

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Indirectly, YES. It was 'successful' insofar it caused the Campaign to be suspended.

This gives the anti-Brexit forces of the Deep State time to change the mood and the stats, via the predictable Propaganda and mind-fuck or weak-minded swing-voters.

In the case of the Scottish secession, they convinced old Scottish women to fear for their British pensions and health care.

jeff montanye's picture

no no no.  murdering low level politicians isn't at all productive.  not sure even high level assassination is, though it would "raise the fear and respect in them".  one must reveal the evil to those who are fooled, those who cannot, will not believe the horrors perpetrated by the ruling class.

there is a silver lining in the cloud of zionism, apparently.  while israel sees it to its advantage to depopulate the countries around it and send them overseas where they can get hated on like the israelis do, in the longer run even the fools will see what forced them there.  that the european politicians are so deaf to their constituents feelings may usher out these buffoons and bring in a better crop.

Gief Gold Plox's picture

Yes, I'm sure that's exactly how her two little children will see it.


Tall Tom's picture





Yesterday MDB was calling for Military Intervention by the US Government to prevent the Brexit.


It seems now that just one crazy man's actions may prevent the vote.


Any excuse will do.


When voting actually maters then it is not allowed.


The Order learned that lesson in Greece last year. They are not likely to allow it to happen again.

fleur de lis's picture

Any delay will give The City/The Roach Motel ample time to frighten any Brits on the fence to stay with the EU, and print up more Bremain votes.

Victor von Doom's picture

Voting is only allowed when the outcome is a foregone conclusion

If absolute certainty of outcome is lost then "influencing" the vote (like this) is undertaken.

If that fails to sway the vote then the vote counting is rigged. ie 90% in favour of leaving would result in "close win for Bremain".

When all the politicians are owned, as well as all the media and the populace has yet to determine they are being ruled over by a cultural total enemy, then the outcome is always the same: the regime wins.

Britain stays.


Bob's picture

My thought exactly.  Like in the USSA when the mass media exploded with the announcement of Hillary's Win! the night before the primary in California et al

This looks like a cheap magic trick. 

Countrybunkererd's picture

What does the Order have in mind for the US and the US/UK link?  The "minds" are at work behind their wall of guards right now, surely they are collecting all the data from the "tweets and twats" going on to make the next strategic move.

Tall Tom's picture





I do not know yet.


The Order in the City is known as The Group. There is a connection between these two chpaters. I am unsure if they are coordinating efforts or at conflict presently.

Socratic Dog's picture

Yeah, but the real tragedy, Tom, is that she looked fairly fuckable.  A terrible sacrifice by us all.

Jeez, sometimes I think I'm a total cunt.