Vera Baird pays tribute to murdered MP Jo Cox
Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird has paid tribute to Jo Cox.
The MP for Batley and Spen died yesterday, after reportedly being shot by a constituent.
Vera Baird this morning sent condolences to the Labour MP's family: "I send my personal sympathy to Jo's family for their terrible loss," she said.
"My thoughts are with her husband, Brendan, and their children as they confront a tragedy that they could never have expected and which is very hard to understand.
"I send, too, my support to parliamentary colleagues, especially those we know locally as they come to terms with the loss of a fine colleague.
"Jo was a special MP, with a wonderful combination of values, warmth and a drive to make positive change happen for the people of Batley and Spen and for people more widely.
"Her short elected term will be remembered for her care for humanity and for its promise for the future."