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UK’s Cameron says right to suspend EU campaign after Jo Cox murdered

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 12:16 GMT, Jun 17, 2016 |
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Prime Minister David Cameron said the killing of Cox, who was married with two children and had worked on U.S. President Barack Obama’s 2008 election campaign, was a tragedy.

“She was a bright star, no doubt about it, a star for her constituents, a star in parliament and a star right across the house and we have lost a star,” the Conservative prime minister said. “Above all ll I am thinking of her husband Brendan, the children, the family and her constituents who will be feeling this huge sense of loss tonight and I think it’s right we stop the campaigning activity, think of them and think of what they’ve lost.”

British lawmakers are not in parliament ahead of the June 23 referendum on whether Britain should remain in the EU.

The rival referendum campaign groups said they were suspending activities for the day and Cameron said he would pull out of a planned rally in Gibraltar, the British territory on the southern coast of Spain.

British Home Secretary, Theresa May, also paid her respects to Cox saying she was one of the “brightest” and “most popular” colleagues at Westminster.

“This is a dreadful event and my heart goes out to Jo Cox’s husband Brendan, their two children, her family and friends. The pain they must now be enduring is unimaginable and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this terrible time. It is entirely appropriate that all campaigning for the referendum has been suspended.

Cox, a Cambridge University graduate, spent a decade working in a variety of roles with aid agency Oxfam, including head of policy, head of humanitarian campaigning based in New York and head of its European office in Brussels.

She was known for her work on women’s issues, and won election for Labour in northern England’s Batley and Spen district at the 2015 general election.