Published On: Mon, Jun 20th, 2016

Attacks on UK MPs while in office

British MP Jo-Cox Murdered


The UK parliament was recalled today to mourn the death of MP Jo Cox. The murder of the mother of two has sent shockwaves through the UK and its political system. Known in her capacity as MP for Batley and Spen as a compassionate and well-respected politician, she had campaigned for the government to accept more child refugees from Syria and was actively involved in the Remain campaign for the upcoming EU referendum.

Unfortunately, this is not the first serious attack on a UK MP. The chart below illustrates just how vulnerable the position can be – since 1979 there have now been six fatal attacks on MPs as well as two attempted murders. A survey of UK MPs conducted last year also revealed that one in five have been attacked or been subject to an attempted attack while 81 percent have experienced aggressive or intrusive behaviour while in office.


This chart shows a history of serious attacks on UK MPs.

Infographic: Attacks on UK MPs while in office | Statista

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