Friday 20 April 2018

Jo Cox death: Murdered MP's husband, children and parents hold hands as emotionally-charged Commons pays tribute

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

Leon Watson

Jeremy Corbyn led an emotional series of tributes as MPs gathered at Westminster to pay tribute to Jo Cox who was killed as she prepared to hold a constituency surgery.

Commons Speaker John Bercow agreed to the recall of the House to allow members to commemorate a colleague described as "perfect" by her family. The Lords also returned.

At 2pm the session started with an address from Mr Bercow, before tributes from Mr Corbyn and Prime Minister David Cameron. All MPs in the house wore a single white rose as a mark of respect for their colleague.

A red rose was placed where Mrs Cox used to sit in the chamber.  Her family were in the public gallery, including her two children and her husband Brendan. They all held hands.

Parliament had been in recess to allow MPs to concentrate on campaigning in the final days running up to the European Union referendum on Thursday.

MPs have praised her passionate commitment to causes such as the plight of Syrian refugees and her ability to work with colleagues on all sides of the House.

Local people have paid tribute to her infectious enthusiasm and tireless efforts on behalf of her constituents.

A memorial fund to raise money for charities she supported has reached more than £800,000.

Thomas Mair, 52, from Birstall, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Saturday charged with murdering Mrs Cox, grievous bodily harm against Mr Kenny, possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and possession of a knife.

He appeared again in court, this time at the Old Bailey, today.

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