“Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve”
This simple statement from Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, sums up the senselessness of the loss of Jo Cox, killed as she went about her business as an MP dealing with the problems of her constituents. Described as “an exceptional, wonderful, very talented woman…. who had so much to give and so much of her life ahead of her”, Jo Cox, elected only 13 months previously, had already made her mark as a public servant. Her loss
has been deeply felt by all whose life was affected by her.
Councillor John Ferrett, Leader of the Labour Group on Portsmouth City Council, added his own tribute to Jo Cox:
“The Labour group of councillors would like to express their deep condolences to the family of Jo Cox. As elected officials we know how important it is to remain accessible to the public and maintain trust with those who elect us. We share the grief of the party as a whole at the loss of one of our brightest talents. For Jo to die whilst carrying out her role as a constituency MP is truly horrifying.
“ Jo Cox dedicated her life to helping the most vulnerable both in her own community and internationally. These are true Labour values of social solidarity and
internationalism. They are also values that help us to combat hate and division. Given Jo’s senseless killing we must redouble our efforts to uphold these values.”
As a token of its deep sadness at this shocking murder of a deeply loved public servant, Portsmouth Labour Party joined other Labour Party members across the country and suspended all campaigning on the EU Referendum campaign on Saturday to show its respect and profound sadness for Jo Cox. In celebration and memory of Jo, Brendan Cox, friends and colleagues are raising funds to support three charities closest to her heart, chosen by her family.
The charities are:
- The Royal Voluntary Service, to support volunteers helping combat loneliness in Jo’s constituency, Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.
- HOPE not hate, who seek to challenge and defeat the politics of hate and extremism within local communities across Britain.
- The White Helmets: volunteer search and rescue workers in Syria. Unarmed and neutral, these heroes have saved more than 51,000 lives from under the rubble and bring hope to the region.