Tributes pour in for West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox

Jo Cox

Jo Cox was holding a meeting with constituents when an altercation led to the attack.

In this May 12, 2015 photo, Labour Member of Parliament Jo Cox poses for a photograph. Britain's Press Association says Labour lawmaker Jo Cox has been injured in a shooting near Leeds, England, it has been reported, Thursday June 16, 2016. (Yui Mok/PA via AP, File) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE
Jo Cox MP after being elected in 2015 Credit: Press Association

MPs have begun paying tribute to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox who has died at the age of 41.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn praised the 41-year-old’s ‘lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity.’
“The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family – and indeed the whole country – will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox today.

Jo had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity. She worked both for Oxfam and the anti-slavery charity, the Freedom Fund, before she was elected last year as MP for Batley and Spen – where she was born and grew up.

Jo was dedicated to getting us to live up to our promises to support the developing world and strengthen human rights – and she brought those values and principles with her when she became an MP.

– JEREMY CORBYN MP, LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY
Mr Corbyn said Ms Cox was ‘universally liked at Westminster, not just by her Labour colleagues, but across Parliament.’
“Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve. It is a profoundly important cause for us all.

In the coming days, there will be questions to answer about how and why she died. But for now all our thoughts are with Jo’s husband Brendan and their two young children. They will grow up without their mum, but can be immensely proud of what she did, what she achieved and what she stood for.

We send them our deepest condolences. We have lost a much loved colleague, a real talent and a dedicated campaigner for social justice and peace. But they have lost a wife and a mother, and our hearts go out to them.”

– JEREMY CORBYN MP, LEADER OF THE LABOUR PARTY
MPs from across the political spectrum have tweeted their tributes:

 

 

The leader of Leeds City Council, Councillor Judith Blake, has paid tribute to Jo Cox

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Jo’s family and friends at this truly awful time. This is an absolutely shocking incident that has robbed a family of a loving mother and wife who was simply doing her job, representing the people of Batley and Spen.

“This is a tragedy which cannot be allowed to undermine our democratic processes, processes that Jo was so proud to represent. Leeds as a neighbour stands united with Kirklees and our thoughts remain with Jo’s family as they try to come to terms with their dreadful loss.”

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