Thursday 21 September 2017

Jo was the best kind of politician - and the best type of person

The murdered British MP believed that politics could be a force for good, writes Laura Kuenssberg, BBC Political editor

Labour MP Jo Cox. Photo: PA
Labour MP Jo Cox. Photo: PA

Laura Kuenssberg

Jo Cox was extraordinary, but totally normal. She would talk intensely about the complex causes she believed in and understood, while you shared a pack of Maltesers and a cup of tea.

Jo wasn't one of those politicians who makes their way to Westminster to satisfy their own sense of importance. She was utterly uninterested in her own advancement, grappling with the greasy pole, even though her gifts would have taken her far.

I hadn't spent much time with her but I liked her tremendously, partly because unusually for Westminster she treated everyone exactly the same.

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