Mayor sends condolences

Councillor Brian Bloomfield, MBE, the new Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.
Councillor Brian Bloomfield, MBE, the new Mayor of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council.

The Mayor, Councillor Brian Bloomfield, on behalf of Lisburn & Castlereagh City has written to the family of Jo Cox MP, who was tragically killed in Birstall on Wednesday (June 16).

Mrs Cox, 41, was shot and stabbed in the street as she headed to a scheduled constituency surgery on Thursday.

A 52-year-old man has been arrested.

On Thursday, hundreds of people of all faiths packed into Saint Peter’s Church in Birstall for a service of remembrance while a vigil was also held outside Parliament.

Speaking about this tragedy, the Mayor said: “It was heartbreaking to hear the news that a fellow elected representative was attacked as she went about her constituency business.

“Jo is portrayed as a conscientious, caring and committed individual who always strove to do the best in her role at Westminster.

“Her husband and children will feel her loss the most and Jo’s family are in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they try to come to terms with her sudden death.”