UKIP have issued the following statement following Thursday’s events: The murder of Jo Cox MP has shocked us all deeply. She was clearly a highly talented and dedicated campaigner and a hugely popular Member of Parliament with a bright future ahead of her. Her death is an appalling and inexplicable tragedy.

Jo was a committed campaigner for Remain, a reminder that as a nation we have an important democratic decision to make in five days’ time.

Allegedly the assailant said ‘Britain first’ or ‘Put Britain first’ during the attack. It is hard to imagine an act less in keeping with the sentiment, less appropriate to the Britain we value; but madness knows no truth.

Nathan Gill, UKIP Leader in Wales, said:

“We ask that all Referendum events are cancelled today out of respect for Jo Cox MP and her family. My BBC Wales Debate this evening with Carwyn Jones has been cancelled and may be held at a later date (this is to be confirmed). Jo’s death is a tragedy and my heartfelt sympathies go to her family. Once the campaign resumes tomorrow morning, I ask that all Vote Leave campaigners, from across the political spectrum, campaign in a respectful and dignified manner: sticking to the facts, the truth of our cause and sharing our message of positivity and hope.”