Saturday 3 December 2016

Jo Cox 'had been working on report on Islamophobia'

Harry Cockburn

Published 21/06/2016 | 02:30

Jo Cox. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Jo Cox. Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire

British Labour MP Jo Cox was preparing a report for Parliament on the rise of Islamophobia and the dangers of aggressive nationalist radicals before she was killed outside her constituency surgery, it has emerged.

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The mother of two died after being shot and stabbed in the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

The 41-year-old had recorded a video in which she spoke about preventing Islamophobia and said that in her constituency "many of our young women don't feel safe when they're out on the street", according to 'The Times'.

The video and report were both planned to be launched on June 29.

Ms Cox worked on the report with Tell Mama, a charity that monitors anti-Muslim incidents in the UK, and which has warned of a surge in aggression and Islamophobia in the past year.

Tell Mama director Fiyaz Mughal told 'The Times' that the organisation's annual report would detail the escalation in anti-Muslim activity in the UK last year.

He said significant clusters of far-right activity during that time had taken place in Yorkshire.

Mr Mughal said: "In the last 18 months South Yorkshire is one of the leading areas in the country [for Islamophobic incidents]."

Meanwhile, 77-year-old Bernard Kenny, who was stabbed in the abdomen while trying to help Ms Cox, remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Thomas Mair (52), from Birstall, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' court on Saturday, charged with murder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a knife.

Mair gave his name to the court as "death to traitors, freedom for Britain", and was remanded in custody until June 20, when a bail application will be heard.

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