Jo Cox death: MPs return to Parliament to pay tribute

MPs and peers have paid tribute to Labour MP Jo Cox, who was killed in her constituency in West Yorkshire on Thursday.

Parliament, which was in recess for the EU referendum, was recalled to remember Mrs Cox, 41, who was described as “perfect” by her family.

Politicians are now at a memorial service at St Margaret’s Church.

Speaker John Bercow said the Commons had gathered in “heartbreaking sadness” but also in “heartfelt solidarity”.

A charity fundraising appeal set up in Mrs Cox’s memory has now raised more than £1 million.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36572968

Jo Cox ‘died for her views’, her widower tells BBC

Jo Cox was killed because of her strong political views, her widower Brendan has told the BBC.

The late Labour MP would want people to stand up for her beliefs “in death as much as she did in life”, he told political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

He said his late wife, who would have been 42 tomorrow, was concerned about “coarsening” of the referendum debate.

He also spoke about the need to support their children to “make sure something good comes out of this”.

The MP for Batley and Spen died after she was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.

A fund set up in her memory has raised £1m in donations while a series of events will be held around the country on Wednesday to mark what would have been her 42nd birthday.

Read on… http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-36590824

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