Sunday 8 December 2019

'Pain is too much' - the last words of slain MP Jo

From left: MPs Lucy Smith, Jeff Smith, and Paula Sheriff leave floral tributes close to where their colleague Jo Cox was murdered on Thursday in Birstall, England. Photo: Getty
From left: MPs Lucy Smith, Jeff Smith, and Paula Sheriff leave floral tributes close to where their colleague Jo Cox was murdered on Thursday in Birstall, England. Photo: Getty

Sam Lister

The last words of Jo Cox were "no, my pain is too much", the father of the British Labour MP's assistant has said.

Gulham Maniyar said his daughter, Fazila Aswat, had tried to help the politician as she lay dying in her arms.

Ms Aswat had urged Mrs Cox to get up but the pain was too much, according to the former Labour councillor.

He told ITV News: "She said her (Jo's) injury was so bad and she was in her arms. There was lots of blood.

"She said 'Jo, get up' but she (Jo) said 'no, my pain is too much, Fazila'. And I think those were the last words Jo spoke.

"She could not do anything else. She tried to comfort her. Then the police came, the air ambulance came, they took her to hospital. She was a witness and her clothes were full of blood."

MP Jo Cox speaking in the House of Commons. Photo: AFP/Getty
MP Jo Cox speaking in the House of Commons. Photo: AFP/Getty

Mr Maniyar said Mrs Cox "was like a daughter" to him and called him "uncle".

He added: "I think she's a caring person, not just an MP but she liked to help every human being, every single person.

"She worried about Syrian people, she worried about ordinary people. Whenever you approached her, she'd come forward with a smile and try to help you.

"It's shocking. Not just for my daughter but the whole community. We were living in harmony in the community, English community, Asian community. This news is shocking for the whole community."

He added: "I met her many, many times. She's a wonderful lady and we all sadly miss her. I saw Jo three days ago. She was campaigning in town and she rang me and I went there. She took a picture with me and some colleagues. She was there smiling."

Mr Maniyar said his daughter had tried to stop the attack and is "in shock".

"She tried to help her, she tried to hit (the attacker) with her handbag, but he tried to go at her," he added. "People came so he followed them and he came back again and shot her (Jo) again twice.

"My daughter... she is in shock because she's been with her (Jo) for one year and working very closely with her. It will take time to fully recover from the shock. She knew that she (Jo) was very badly injured. That's why she's not speaking about everything she's seen. She lost one of her best people."


Meanwhile, tearful tributes have been paid to the murdered Labour MP.

The politician's colleagues will remember her when Parliament is recalled on Monday, five days after the 41-year-old was killed in the street outside her constituency advice surgery in Birstall.

The National Police Chiefs' Council said police forces are contacting MPs around the country to give security advice following the death of the Labour MP.

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Defiant MPs have said they will go ahead with constituency surgeries in the wake of the horrific murder.

Tommy Mair (52) was detained shortly after the attack and remains in police custody.

His brother Scott has spoken of his shock at what happened, claiming Mair is "not a violent man and is not that political".

It has emerged a Thomas Mair has been named in a newsletter produced by a right-wing organisation which has called for a return to apartheid-style government in South Africa and been linked to the Neo-Nazi organisation National Alliance (NA) dating back to 1999.

In a visit earlier on Friday to the West Yorkshire town where Mrs Cox was killed, David Cameron issued a plea for tolerance in British political life as he joined Jeremy Corbyn to pay tribute.

The sombre-faced British prime minister, Labour leader and Commons Speaker John Bercow bowed their heads as they laid bouquets at the foot of Birstall's Joseph Priestley memorial, adding to the impromptu shrine of flowers and messages which has grown up over the past day.

Across the market square from where they stood, police tape still cordoned off the spot where the former aid worker and mother of two was killed in what Mr Corbyn described as "an attack on democracy".

The prime minister said the whole nation was "rightly shocked" at Mrs Cox's death, and called for people to "value, and see as precious, the democracy we have on these islands".

Politics was about public service and MPs wanted to "make the world a better place", he said.

A group including Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff, Manchester Withington MP Jeff Smith and Manchester Central MP Lucy Powell wiped tears from their cheeks and shared an embrace as they laid flowers near the scene of the murder.

Irish Independent

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