Local MPs pay tribute to Jo Cox
Local MPs have been making statements and paying tributes to Jo Cox, the Labour MP who was murdered yesterday.
Campaigning on the EU referendum is due to continue tomorrow after officially being suspended last night. Most politicians appear to have respected the call to suspend campaigning. However some have ignored the call.
Former BNP leader Nick Griffin has been criticised for continuing to attack the Remain campaign on Facebook. Meanwhile a Labour MP was accused of trying to politicise the murder, appearing on Newsnight just hours after her death to criticise the ‘dangerous material’ published by the Leave campaign. Neil Coyle, Labour MP for Bermondsey and Southwark, said Leave campaigners were putting out ‘very dangerous’ material which ‘risks inspiring the hard-right’ as he commented on Mrs Cox’s death.
The Lib Dems at national level took the opportunity to “remind” people that Mrs Cox was actively supporting the Remain campaign, with several emails this afternoon including one with a link to a recent article by Mrs Cox:
“While the campaign is paused you might be interested to read this thoughtful article by her about immigration and the referendum, published a few days ago”.
Locally parties all appear to have been more respectful. All local MPs have issued statements, most paying warm tributes to Mrs Cox:
“… politics is poorer without her. She stood up for justice. Love sympathy to Brendan and kids who’ll miss her most”.
Maidenhead MP, Home Secretary Theresa May, described Mrs Cox as “one of our brightest and most popular Westminster colleagues”.
Beaconsfield MP Dominic Grieve said in a statement that “we are all very much the poorer by her death”, adding “it’s an appalling event that a young mother, wife and colleague should be taken away like that by an act of appalling violence”.
Hayes MP, shadow chancellor John McDonnell said that “Jo was a dedicated campaigner for humanity, peace and social justice. She was a brave, compassionate MP. She died doing what she had done all her life, serving the community”.
High Wycombe MP Steve Baker tweeted: “Huge sadness is visible in Parliament after the death of Jo Cox”. He added, “it was an appalling day in the life of our country. RIP”.
The House of Commons will be recalled on Monday 20 June to pay tribute to Jo Cox MP.