Saturday 10 December 2016

'Leave' banner plane condemned for interrupting memorial service for Jo Cox

Kate Ferguson

Published 22/06/2016 | 17:40

Brendan Cox, widower of Jo Cox addresses the rally in Trafalgar Square, central London to celebrate what would have been the 42nd birthday of the tragic MP
Brendan Cox, widower of Jo Cox addresses the rally in Trafalgar Square, central London to celebrate what would have been the 42nd birthday of the tragic MP

Brexit campaigners have been branded "disgusting" after a plane carrying a banner urging people to vote to leave the EU interrupted a memorial service for Jo Cox.

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The plane carrying a banner with the word 'Leave' emblazoned on it swooped overhead as crowds gathered in London's Trafalgar Square for the rally in tribute to the MP, who was killed last week.

Onlookers reportedly muttered that the stunt was "disgusting" as the plane repeatedly swooped overhead as Mrs Cox's husband Brendan paid tribute to his wife on the stage below.

Labour MP Stella Creasy wrote on Twitter: "@voteleave flying your plane over the memorial tribute to Jo Cox in Trafalgar Square is beyond low. Have some self respect and disappear!"

In a series of tweets the Mirror journalist and political pundit Kevin Maguire wrote: "Have the Leave campaigners no shame? Plane flying a banner just flew over the Jo Cox gathering in Trafalgar Square.

Read more: Jo Cox: Thousands gather to remember slain MP on what would have been her 42nd birthday

Lily Allen addresses the rally in Trafalgar Square, central London to celebrate what would have been the 42nd birthday of the tragic MP
Lily Allen addresses the rally in Trafalgar Square, central London to celebrate what would have been the 42nd birthday of the tragic MP
A woman reacts during a special service for murdered Labour Party MP Jo Cox, at Trafalgar Square in London, Britain June 22, 2016

"People muttered 'disgusting' as the Leave aircraft with the banner flew back over as Jo Cox's husband Brendan talked about his dead wife

"Somebody in the Leave camp should radio the pilot unless it is deliberately provocative. Back over the Jo Cox event a third time."

A spokesman for the official Vote Leave campaign denied it was its plane.

Alan Ferrier wrote on Twitter: "Shameful. What kind of disrespectful moron comes up with an idea like this?"

Lily Caprani, deputy executive director of Unicef, wrote on Twitter: "A vote leave plane just flew over the Jo Cox memorial. Seriously. No words for how inappropriate that is. No words. #MoreInCommon"

The other pro-Brexit campaign group Leave.EU also denied responsibility.

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