Man charged with Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox's murder

A man has been charged with murder in connection with the shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Mrs Cox, 41, was attacked in the street outside her constituency surgery inBirstall, near Leeds, at lunchtime on Thursday.

West Yorkshire Police said Thomas Mair, of Birstall, has been charged withmurder, grievous bodily harm, possession of a firearm with intent to commit anindictable offence and possession of an offensive weapon.

The 52-year-old will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday

West Yorkshire Police Temporary Chief Constable Dee Collins said on Friday that a 77-year-old man remains in a stable condition in hospital after he was injuredwhen he "bravely intervened" in an effort to help Mrs Cox..

Thomas Mair of Birstall will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court Credit: PA

More than £200,000 was raised on Friday evening on a fundraising page set up by friends of Mrs Cox to support three charities "closest to her heart".

President Barack Obama phoned Mrs Cox's husband from Air Force One and offered his condolences.