Barack Obama Joins The World In Paying Tribute To Jo Cox

President Barack Obama has become the latest to post an online tribute to Jo Cox.

The Labour MP for Batley and Spen, 41, was shot and stabbed a week ago
after holding a constituency surgery in Birstall, West Yorkshire. 52-year-old Thomas Mair has been charged.

Obama’s lengthy Facebook tribute to Jo, which noted her involvement in his own presidential campaign, concluded with these words: “On behalf of the American people, I offer our deepest condolences to Jo’s parents, sister, husband Brendan, son Cuillin and daughter Lejla. May these two young children, like all our children, never doubt how much things can change. With our help, may they grow up in a world of greater tolerance, justice and peace – a future that would make their mum proud.”

Obama also made a phone call to the MP’s husband, Brendan Cox, following her death. Over the last week, tributes to Jo have flooded in from politicians, celebrities and friends.

Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted the following statement:

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn addressed a vigil in Westminster, saying “hatred will never solve problems”.

“Remembering her, remembering all she gave, and we are desperately sad tonight at the loss of such a lovely woman who had everything to live for.”

After the news broke, the hashtag #ThankYourMP trended on Twitter, with thousands of social media users showing support for their MPs.

 

Cox’s husband Brendan released a moving statement last week, saying that he and his children were facing “the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love.”

Fellow Labour politician Harriet Harman wrote on her website: “Jo’s death is an absolute tragedy. She was dynamic and fearless.

“She put into practice her belief that politicians must be amongst the people they represent and she was, in every town, village and community in her constituency.

“We were immensely proud of her and are devastated by her loss.”

Labour’s Yvette Cooper also took to social media with her condolences.

 

Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West, said: “Jo was so loved in her community she was part of it and MPs, if they are going to do their job, need to be part of their community to do these advice surgeries.

Political figures across the globe are also paying their respects, including US Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who wrote: ‘It is cruel and terrible that her life was cut short.’

Cox was praised for her charity work and efforts to get more women into parliament. After her studies at Cambridge University, she went on to be an aid worker and head of policy at Oxfam.

“Jo had a lifelong record of public service and a deep commitment to humanity,” said Corbyn. “She worked both for Oxfam and the anti-slavery charity, the Freedom Fund, before she was elected last year as MP for Batley and Spend – where she was born and grew up.”

Justin Forsyth, the former chief executive of Save the Children and also a Labour adviser, spoke to Channel 4 News about working with Cox, describing her as “one of the best of the best”.

Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s wife Sarah Brown, who used to work with Cox, left the following tribute: “Jo cared about everybody but she reserved a special place in her
heart for the most vulnerable and the poorest citizens of the world.

“She
was fearless, she was endlessly upbeat and she reached out to so many
to join her cause. Her mission was to make the world a better place.”

Kate Proctor from The Yorkshire Evening Post, Cox’s local newspaper, published a moving article on her time spent with the MP.

‘Her working class roots, her Yorkshire accent, her warmth and her fierce intelligence made her an excellent MP,’ Proctor wrote. ‘She made me think I could achieve whatever I wanted to. There are very few MPs like Jo. Yorkshire was very lucky to have her.’

 

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