Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Paddy Ashdown have paid tribute to Jo Cox MP who was murdered this afternoon.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron said:
“I am utterly heartbroken at the news of the death of Jo Cox. This is a devastating attack on our peaceful society. An attack on an elected representative is an attack on everyone.
“She was outstanding representative who stood up for her community diligently. She also stood up for the desperate and those in need – I am proud of the stance she took raising the plight of refugees.
“Her compassion for the voiceless and dispossessed absolutely shone through to me. She was a star of the 2015 intake and was inspiring to listen to.
“A young family has lost a mum and a wife, a community has lost a great MP and Parliament has lost an authentic and passionate voice.
“It seems the vile politics of hate has gone from the darkened corners of the internet to violence on our streets. Our country is poorer for this mindless slaughter.
“My thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and with all her colleagues in the Labour movement and throughout her community. We stand with you.”
Paddy Ashdown, who worked closely with Jo Cox on campaigns for Syria and refugees, added:
“I am terribly shocked and saddened by this news and my thoughts are with her family. She was someone with extraordinary courage and a principled campaigner for a more enlightened policy towards refugees. She represented all that is best in our country and our political system.”