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Man charged with murder of UK MP Jo Cox

Press AssociationPress Association 17/06/2016

A man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of British Labour MP Jo Cox.

Cox was attacked in the street in Birstall, near Leeds, at lunchtime on Thursday.

West Yorkshire Police said Thomas Mair, of Birstall, has been charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

The 52-year-old will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday.

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said on Friday that a 77-year-old man remains in a stable condition in hospital after he was injured when he "bravely intervened" in an effort to help Cox.

Meanwhile, an aide told of how Cox's last words as she lay bleeding in the street were "my pain is too much".

The father of Cox's assistant Fazila Aswat has described how his daughter tried to comfort her after the attack, which left her bleeding heavily.

"She tried to help her, she tried to hit (the attacker) with her handbag but he tried to go at her. People came so he followed them and he came back again and shot her again twice," former Labour councillor Ghulam Maniyar told ITV News.

"She said her injury was so bad, and she was in her arms. There was lots of blood. She said, 'Jo, get up', but she said, 'No, my pain is too much, Fazila'. And I think those were the last words Jo spoke. She could not do anything else. She tried to comfort her."

Vigils were held across the UK on Friday evening as members of the public and politicians came together to lay flowers, light candles and stand in silence in memory of Cox.

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