Hillary Clinton joins international tributes to murdered MP Jo Cox


International politicians and public figures have been paying tribute to Jo Cox following the Labour MP's death in a shocking street attack.

Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, led the tributes saying she was horrified by the "assassination" and calling Cox a "rising star".

She referenced Cox's maiden speech which celebrated the diversity of her constituency.

Labour MP Jo Cox gives her maiden speech in Parliament in 2015
Jo Cox gives her maiden speech in Parliament in 2015 (screengrab/PA)

"It is cruel and terrible that her life was cut short by a violent act of political intolerance," Clinton said.

"It is critical that the United States and Britain, two of the world's oldest and greatest democracies, stand together against hatred and violence.

"This is how we must honour Jo Cox - by rejecting bigotry in all its forms, and instead embracing, as she always did, everything that binds us together."

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau tweeted a message in French and English after the MP was shot and stabbed in an attack in Birstall, West Yorkshire.

Ireland's premier Enda Kenny announced that, in light of the suspension of campaigning by the Leave and Remain groups, he would not be speaking on the EU referendum as planned.

The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, offered his condolences after a visit to Finland.

He said on Twitter: "Repelled by tragic attack on British MP Jo Cox. My thoughts are with her family and loved ones."

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was "deeply shocked".

The Twitter account of the Malala Fund, the organisation led by Pakistani girls' rights activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived being shot in the head by terrorists, retweeted a comment from her father.

Ziauddin Yousafzai tweeted a link to Cox's speech calling on Britain to help the victims of the war in Syria and said:

US secretary of state John Kerry and Danish prime minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen also offered condolences to Cox's friends and family.

Kerry, who was travelling in northern Europe on Thursday, said the attack was "an assault on everybody who cares about and has faith in democracy".

Rasmussen called the killing "a true shock".