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Fiona Comments– Jo Cox

“Jo Cox showed that politics can be a force for good.  She defended her constituents in Batley and Spen as fiercely as she defended the refugees fleeing war and terror in Syria, she got results.

“She helped other people: as chair of Labour Women’s Network she helped many Labour women to play a part in politics.  She loved and cared for her family as well as being a funny and fearless friend.

“I was sad that, as so many MPs loved and respected her, the number of us wishing to pay tribute in the House of Commons exceeded the time available so I did not speak, but I am proud that at the meetings I held for constituents in Langley and Cippenham at the weekend everyone stood in silent remembrance and tribute to her. 

“Jo reminded us all that politics is not the grubby selfish business which it is so often portrayed as, but is the way that the voices of everyone can be heard.  And at its best it provides a means of protecting vulnerable people and making sure that no-one is overlooked.

“Jo stood for love and respect for others.  She has been murdered in an act of hatred and disrespect.  The best way we can all celebrate her life is by accepting the values she lived by:  in the words of her maiden speech “Our communities have been deeply enhanced by immigration, be it of Irish Catholics across the constituency or of Muslims from Gujarat in India or from Pakistan, principally from Kashmir. While we celebrate our diversity, what surprises me time and time again as I travel around the constituency is that we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.””