Tuesday 27 June 2017

Obituary: Jo Cox

A rising star in the UK Labour Party, mother-of-two Jo Cox didn't shy away from conflict

UK Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered last week Picture: PA
UK Labour MP Jo Cox was murdered last week Picture: PA

Jo Cox, who was killed last Thursday aged 41, was a former head of policy and head of humanitarian campaigning for the global charity Oxfam who was elected Labour MP for Batley and Spen at the last general election; she established herself as a rising star of her party, albeit one unlikely to prosper under its current leadership.

Before she entered Parliament, Jo Cox had spent a decade working in some of the world's most dangerous war zones, and in parliament she made a name for herself campaigning to find a solution to the conflict in Syria and demanding the government do more to ensure that humanitarian aid reached people who needed it.

She also established and became co-chairman of a new all-party parliamentary group on Syria.

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