I can’t think of a time when the death of someone that people don’t know personally has affected the whole country in the way the terrible loss of Jo Cox has.
Jo was my friend and colleague and her absence will always be felt. A wonderful woman with so much drive and ambition to change people’s lives for the good whose continued work would have, I’m sure, improved the lot of so many and helped change the public view of British politics. We should all work to ensure that her legacy is passionate whilst compassionate, honest and hate-free debate in politics - just as she exemplified.
Watching the reports and interviews on television it is quite clear that those who knew her loved her and her constituents and those she helped held her in huge regard and affection. Those who didn’t have the honour of knowing her have come to recognise what a very special person she was and, I think it is fair to say, that the whole of the country is mourning her loss and thinking of her two beautiful children, her husband Brendan and family.
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