June 16, 2016

British Member of Parliament Killed, Jo Cox, 41

Jo Cox MP, who died from her injuries 

Sad to learn that criminals target elected officials. But blaming psychiatric illness is misguided and misleading.  

[From article]
Proile of MP Cox
Born: 22 June 1974
Died: 16 June 2016 (aged 41)
Constituency: Labour MP for Batley & Spen since 2015
From: West Yorkshire
Education: Cambridge University. She was the first in her family to graduate from university
Family: Husband Brendan Cox and two children
Parliamentary interests: Foreign policy, international development, early years education, social isolation and regional devolution
Early career
Spent a decade working in a variety of roles with aid agency Oxfam before working as an advisor to Sarah Brown. Prior to standing for Parliament she worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Freedom Fund.
On 16 June 2016, Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, where she had been holding a surgery with her constituents. She subsequently died of her injuries. Paying tribute, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said, "We have lost a much-loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace."
The man being held in connection with the death of MP Jo Cox has been named as Thomas Mair, who was described as a “loner” with a history of mental health problems who had previously subscribed to a far-right magazine.
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Suspect Mair, 52, who was arrested by armed officers shortly after the attack, had spoken about receiving “psychotherapy and medication”, and was described by his younger brother as having “a history of mental illness”.
Despite being born in Kilmarnock, Scotland, a decade-old website posting identified Mair as a subscriber to S. A. Patriot, a South African magazine that was published by the pro-apartheid group, the White Rhino Club.


Thomas Mair: Man arrested in connection with Jo Cox attack was a 'loner' with 'history of mental health problems'
By Patrick Foster Robert Mendick, chief reporter Michael Wilkinson, political correspondent
16 JUNE 2016 • 6:09PM

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British lawmaker killed in shooting, stabbing attack, police confirm
Published June 16, 2016

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