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Labour 'sickened' by British MP's slaying

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 16/06/2016

New Zealand Labour leader Andrew Little says his party is sickened and saddened by the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox.

Ms Cox, a mother of two young children, was shot and killed in a daylight attack in her electorate in northern England on Thursday afternoon.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested and police believe it is a "lone incident" and are not looking for anyone else.

Mr Little says MPs anywhere in the world should be able to carry out their democratic duties without fear of violent attack.

"Ms Cox was killed in cold blood while simply doing her job as a constituent MP. She was a politician dedicated to helping others and making the world a better place," he said.

Ms Cox, 41, who was married with two young children, worked with New Zealand Labour MP Phil Twyford while they were both at Oxfam International.

"New Zealand Labour sends its heartfelt condolences to Jo Cox's family, friends and her colleagues on all sides of British politics," Mr Little said.

Prime Minister John Key said Ms Cox's death is a "great tragedy".

"No person should lose their life because somebody disagrees with what they're doing," he told reporters.

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