British lawmaker Jo Cox was killed because of her political views: Husband

Brendan Cox, the husband of slain British lawmaker Jo Cox says his wife was killed because of her strong political views.
The mother of murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, Jean Leadbeater (centre) embraces her daughter Kim as her husband Gordon watches in Birstall, Britain on June 18, 2016.
The mother of murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, Jean Leadbeater (centre) embraces her daughter Kim as her husband Gordon watches in Birstall, Britain on June 18, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (Reuters) - British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was shot dead in the street last week, died because of her strong political views, her husband said on Tuesday (June 21).

Cox, a supporter of Britain's European Union membership who had also campaigned for Britain to do more to help refugees, was shot and stabbed in her northern English electoral district by a man heard shouting "Britain first".

"She had very strong political views and I believe she was killed because of those views," her husband Brendan Cox told broadcasters.

 

He added: "She was particularly worried about the direction of, not just of in the UK but globally, ... of politics at the moment, particularly around creating division and playing on people's worst fears rather than their best instincts."