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gunman may be on the loose near the shooting at Birstall.
Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox has been shot in Birstall near Leeds, an eyewitness has said.
The member of parliament for the West Yorkshire constituency was 'shot and stabbed' while meeting locals in her office.
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MP Jo Cox airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary. Condition said to be serious
She was head of policy for Oxfam and was an advisor to Sarah Brown and Baroness Kinnock. She was national chair of Labour Women's Network and a senior advisor to the Freedom Fund, an anti-slavery charity.
Cox was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Jeremy Corbyn as a candidate in the Labour leadership election of 2015. However, in the election she voted for the Blairite candidate Liz Kendall, and announced in May 2016 that she regretted nominating Corbyn.
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regretted nominating Corbyn
Eyewitness Hithem Ben Abdallah, 56, was in the cafe next door to the library shortly after 1pm when he heard screaming and went outside.
He told the Press Association: “There was a guy who was being very brave and another guy with a white baseball cap who he was trying to control and the man in the baseball cap suddenly pulled a gun from his bag.”
After a brief scuffle, he said the man stepped back and the MP became involved.
He added: “He was fighting with her and wrestling with her and then the gun went off twice and then she fell between two cars and I came and saw her bleeding on the floor.”
Some witnesses at the scene are claiming that the man who shot Ms Cox shouted "Britain First".
Speaking to Sky News, he said the man walked very slowly away from the scene after the attack.