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Eddie Izzard event at University of Leicester cancelled

Eddie Izzard’s talk at the University of Leicester, as part of his Stand Up For Europe campaign, was cancelled following the suspension of EU referendum campaigning today.

The suspension of campaigning follows the shocking attack on Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox near Leeds.

In a hand-written message, Eddie said: “I am very shocked and saddened by the news of the terrible act of violence against MP Jo Cox today.

“I understand she is now in a critical condition in hospital.

“All campaigning on both sides has been suspended until further notice.

“Our thoughts and best wishes are with her and her family at this time.

“Therefore, I will not be speaking in Leicester at 5pm today.

“I appreciate your interest in today’s event, but I am sure you’ll understand the reasons why we cannot go ahead.

“Thank you.

"Eddie Izzard”

A University of Leicester spokesperson said: “The University of Leicester expresses its profound shock and regret at news of this terrible attack. Our thoughts are very much with Jo Cox and her family.

“We fully understand and support  Eddie Izzard’s decision to suspend all campaigning and we offer our apologies to all those who were looking forward to attending the lecture  which was cancelled soon after the news of the incident was received.” 

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