Birstall - British Prime Minister
David Cameron called for tolerance in public debate on Friday near the
spot where MP Jo Cox was gunned down, as it was announced that
parliament would be recalled Monday to pay tribute.
"Where we see
hatred, where we find division, where we see intolerance we must drive
it out of our politics and out of our public life and out of our
communities," Cameron said in the northern English village of Birstall.
was joined by opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and the speaker of
the House of Commons, John Bercow, the day after the Labour MP was
murdered outside the library where she regularly met with her
"Today our nation is rightly shocked. It is a moment
to stand back and think about some of the things that are so important
about our country," Cameron said.
The prime minister urged people
to "value and see as precious the democracy we have on these islands",
adding that Britain's peace, stability and economic well-being were "all
underpinned by tolerance".
Corbyn said that he had asked the
speaker and Cameron to recall parliament so that MPs could pay their
respects to Cox, a former aid worker and mother of two children who was
elected for the first time last year.
"Parliament will be recalled
on Monday so that we can pay due tribute to her on behalf of everybody
in this country who values democracy, values the right of free speech
and values the right of political expression, free from the kind of
brutality that Jo suffered," Corbyn said.
A 52-year-old man is in
custody following the brutal attack, in which Cox was shot two or three
times and then repeatedly stabbed as she lay on the pavement, according
to eyewitness accounts.
Bercow, the speaker, added: "Evil cannot be allowed and will not be allowed to triumph over good."