U.K. Commons Pays Tribute to Murdered Lawmaker With White Roses

Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Prime Minister David Cameron led tributes to Jo Cox, the opposition lawmaker who was killed on Thursday, after Parliament was recalled from a recess ahead of the U.K.’s June 23 referendum on EU membership.

Cox was killed as she attended a meeting with constituents in the town of Birstall, northern England, in the first murder of a U.K. lawmaker in a quarter of a century.

“Her killing is an attack on our democracy; it is an attack on our society,” Corbyn told the chamber. “In her tragic death we can come together to change our politics. To tolerate a little more and condemn a little less.”

Proceedings were opened by House of Commons Speaker John Bercow shortly after 2:30 p.m. in London, before Corbyn and then Cameron delivered their own tributes to a packed house, with lawmakers wearing white roses on their lapels. Cox’s seat was left empty with a white and a red rose attached to the back.

“Jo Cox was a voice of compassion whose irrepressible spirit and boundless energy lit up the lives of all who knew her and saved the lives of many she never, ever met,” Cameron said.

Thomas Mair, 52, was charged with the lawmaker’s murder on Saturday.

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