We have far more in common with each other than things that divide us
Dedicated MP Jo Cox’s senseless murder created shockwaves throughout the world.
A rising star with a bright future ahead of her, Jo had only been elected as MP for Batley and Spen the year before, but was already greatly admired by her constituents.
A “proud Yorkshire lass,” wife and mum of two young children, she was grounded, but also had star quality. The daughter of a Leeds factory worker and a school secretary, she packed toothpaste during the holidays, after winning a place to study at Cambridge University.
Here, she realised for the first time that “where you were born mattered. That how you spoke mattered... who you knew mattered. I didn't really speak right or know the right people. I spent the summers packing toothpaste at a factory working where my dad worked and everyone else had gone on a gap year.”
She spent the years after university working around the world for a number of international charities.
As an MP, her focus was on regenerating local communities to afford people greater chances. She celebrated cultural diversity, and was a champion for women’s rights and the need for ethical policy to prevent civilian deaths through international conflict.
People around the world paid tribute to Jo, when she was fatally shot and stabbed just metres from her constituency office. Across the political divide former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, John Major, Gordon Brown and David Cameron united with a statement in her honour, while across Yorkshire, thousands of people wore white roses.
Above all, Jo’s husband Brendan said, she would have wanted the nation to unite against the hatred that killed her.