Gathering organised by Labour’s Norwich branch following the killing of Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall near Leeds. Photo: Labour Party/PA

Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox, who was killed in Birstall near Leeds. Photo: Labour Party/PA - Credit: PA

Labour Party members and supporters are invited to an event this evening in the wake of the death of Jo Cox MP.

Michael Stonard, president of the Norwich branch of the party, said members were shocked and stunned by her death - and has therefore organised a gathering at St Mark's Hall, on Hall Road, Norwich,

Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South, and Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, will both be at the event.

Mr Stonard said: 'We are all shocked and stunned by the news of the killing of Jo Cox, and we're trying in our minds to make sense of such a brutal attack.

'Jo Cox was renowned for her passion for human rights and her work supporting refugees.

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'She embodied Labour values and put them into practice in very practical ways.

'At this time many of us want to find ways to share our thoughts and feelings, and to pay our respects.

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'We also want to stand firm for our values of respect and tolerance and against hate, intolerance, and violence.'

The gathering will start at 6.30pm. People will be able to sign a book of condolences for Mrs Cox.

In response to the murder, Mid Norfolk MP George Freeman has cancelled events campaigning for Britain to remain in the EU on Friday.

Mr Freeman will instead take part in an 'open democracy' rally, vigil and surgery in honour of Jo Cox at Wymondham's Market Place in the afternoon.

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