MP scraps EU debate after Jo Cox shooting

PUBLISHED: 19:48 16 June 2016 | UPDATED: 19:48 16 June 2016

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An EU debate scheduled for this evening (Thursday) has been cancelled after the death of MP Jo Cox.

The 41-year-old who represented Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire for Labour was stabbed and shot earlier this afternoon and later died.

As a mark of respect, campaign groups vying for support ahead of the referendum next week have agreed to suspend their efforts.

That includes a planned debate in Cheddar, chaired by Wells MP James Heappey.

Mr Heappey said: “Following the awful attack on Jo Cox MP today, both Vote Leave and Stronger In have suspended all campaigning and encouraged supporters not to participate in any debates.

“Accordingly, I have cancelled tonight’s debate on the EU referendum in Cheddar. I apologise for any inconvenience caused, especially anyone who had a wasted journey to Cheddar.”

Voters will go to the polls on June 23.

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