Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn says murder of lawmaker was likely 'extreme political violence'

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (above) has said that the murder of MP Jo Cox appeared increasingly likely to have been a politically motivated attack.
Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (above) has said that the murder of MP Jo Cox appeared increasingly likely to have been a politically motivated attack.PHOTO: REUTERS
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking in parliament in a special session to pay tribute to MP Jo Cox on June 20, 2016 in London.
British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking in parliament in a special session to pay tribute to MP Jo Cox on June 20, 2016 in London. PHOTO: AFP
Labour party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in parliament in a special session to pay tribute to MP Jo Cox on June 20, 2016 in London.
Labour party opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn speaking in parliament in a special session to pay tribute to MP Jo Cox on June 20, 2016 in London. PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS, AFP) - The murder of British lawmaker Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed in the street last week, appeared increasingly likely to have been a politically motivated attack, the leader of the opposition Labour Party told parliament on Monday (June 20).

"Her community and the whole country has been united in grief, and united in rejecting the well of hatred that killed her in what increasingly appears to have been an act of extreme political violence," Jeremy Corbyn told a specially convened session of parliament.

British lawmakers on Monday paid tribute to Cox in a rare show of unity as the EU referendum campaign entered its final stretch.

Politicians returned to parliament, which had been in recess, for a special sitting to pay tribute to Cox, a campaigner in favour of EU membership and refugee rights murdered on a village street last week.

Prime Minister David Cameron in his tribute to Cox called for unity ‘against hatred’.