Everyone is invited to attend a special vigil in Ellesmere Port tonight (Friday, June 17) which is being held in memory of West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox who was shot and stabbed to death yesterday.

The event has been organised by Ellesmere Port and Neston Labour MP Justin Madders and will take place in the Civic Square at 7.30pm.

Mr Madders said: "We are holding a vigil this evening (17 June 2016) to show our respect to the dedicated public servant, Jo Cox MP. We will be meeting at 7.30pm in the Civic Square, Ellesmere Port. All are welcome. Please come along to remember Jo and to offer your condolences and solidarity.”

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Yesterday Mr Madders paid tribute to Mrs Cox on Twitter saying: "Devastated, met her family the other night and clear she was a fantastic wife and mother as well as an amazing MP, my thoughts with Brendan and kids."

Chris Matheson and Justin Madders

A similar message had been posted by Chester Labour MP Chris Matheson who said: ""I was with Jo, Brendan and her children, with a group of friends, just 48 hours ago. There is nothing more I can say right now. Devastated."

Like Mrs Cox, both Mr Matheson and Mr Madders became MPs for the first time at the 2015 General Election.

Weaver Vale Tory MP Graham Evans issued the following statement earlier today: "I, like everyone else, was shocked and sickened by the news of the violent murder of my colleague Jo Cox. She was a courageous woman both in and out of parliament spearheading many causes.

"In the year that she has been an MP Jo clearly worked tirelessly for those in need, spoke up loudly for those who needed a voice, and served the community who elected her with vigour and passion. She will be greatly missed by all in Parliament."

Jo Cox MP taking part in the annual Macmillan Tug of War fundraiser
Jo Cox MP taking part in the annual Macmillan Tug of War fundraiser

Mr Evans said it was only last week that he and Mrs Cox took part in the annual Macmillan Tug of War fundraiser: "She may only have been 5ft tall but she pulled more than her weight, in every way."