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In A "Very British Gesture," Hundreds Respond To Jo Cox's Death By Thanking Their MPs

In what has been described as a "lovely, very British, gesture" in response to the tragedy, members of the public have praised politicians for their support with issues including flooding, disability rights, and homophobic attacks.

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People have been tweeting messages of thanks to their local MPs following the fatal shooting of Labour MP Jo Cox.

Cox, 41, was attacked in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on her way to a surgery for her constituents shortly before 1pm on Thursday. Police have confirmed that the Batley and Spen MP and mother of two died less than an hour later. A 52-year-old man arrested in connection with the attack remains in police custody.

The hashtag #ThankYourMP trended across the UK on Thursday night in what one person described as a "lovely, very British, gesture" in response to the tragedy.

@JacobReesMogg our politics could not be more different. Yet you have listened, and helped our autistic boys more than once #thankyourMP

@leicesterliz when I got queerbashed you helped me get answers from the police. Thank you xx #ThankYourMP

.@SDoughtyMP you did a great job on the SSM Bill in 2013. You made a difference to me. #ThankYourMP

@Jackloprestimp thanks for helping my father in retaining his much needed disability benefit. You made a difference. #ThankYourMP

The show of support was started by Julie Kirk, who said that when she first heard about the shooting it brought to mind her own MP in Redcar, Anna Turley.

"While I'd told my partner how impressed I'd been by her, I hadn't thought to tell her," she told BuzzFeed News. "It's been touching to see that other people felt similarly moved to join in acknowledging the day-to-day work involved in maintaining our democratic system."

If you have a local MP whose work and dedication you appreciate maybe now's a good time to let them know. Thank you @annaturley

Vanessa Furey and Tom Middlehurst saw Kirk's message and contacted her to suggest the hashtag #ThankYourMP.

Seems lots of people have had the same idea and are tweeting #ThankYourMP or emailing them. Even those they disagree with on many issues.

It was taken up by hundreds of people across the country.

My MP, @hilarybennmp, is an exceptionally hardworking within #LeedsCentral constituency as well as a brilliant parliamentarian. #ThankYourMP

For working tirelessly to help those affected by the floods and Bootham Park closure and lots lots more #ThankYourMP @RachaelMaskell

Thank you @RupaHuq for being a passionate campaigner and inspiring local leader. We sould be proud of our MPs who serve us! #ThankYourMP

What a lovely idea; Thank you @vickyfoxcroft for being such fantastic champion for Deptford #ThankYourMP

On this sad day, thanks @AngelaCrawleyMP & @ChristinaSNP for working hard to represent ppl of Hamilton & beyond. #ThankYourMP #ThankYourMSP

Thank you to my former MP @DrPhillipLeeMP for helping us out with a tricky problem at a very difficult time a few years ago #ThankYourMP

I'm fortunate to have @Keir_Starmer as MP - who fights for rights of less fortunate. Thank you. #ThankYourMP #NW1

Thank you to @ChukaUmunna for the incredible amount of support he has given me since before he was even elected. Absolute star. #ThankYourMP

A big thank you to @OwenSmith_MP for standing up for the rights of disabled & vulnerable people #thankyourMP

I will also never forget how utterly brilliant Phyllis Starkey was as our MP when we lived in Milton Keynes years ago. #ThankYourMP

Some of Cox's constituents also joined in.

#ThankYourMP unfortunately mine is no longer with us tonight, but they do all put in crazy hours for us and that should be respected

On Thursday night around 300 people gathered in St Peter's Church, Birstall, to remember Cox. Many appeared overwhelmed by the tragedy and the loss of their MP. Vigils were held in London and Birstall.

On Friday, many MPs used social media to also thank their constituents. Some said they would press ahead with their local surgeries in memory of Cox.

Tributes For Labour MP Jo Cox Pour In Following News Of Her Death

Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Rose Troup Buchanan at Rose.Buchanan@BuzzFeed.com.

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