The Husband Of Labour MP Jo Cox Paid Tribute To Her With This Touching Message
Brendan Cox said their family and friends were "going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo".
Brendan Cox, the husband of Labour MP Jo Cox who died on Thursday after being shot, has paid tribute to his wife saying she had "a zest for life that would exhaust most people".
In a moving statement, Brendan said he and his family were entering a "new chapter" but one that would be "more difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love".
"I and Jo's friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo," he said.
Here's the full tribute:
Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love. I and Jo's friends and family are going to work every moment of our lives to love and nurture our kids and to fight against the hate that killed Jo.
Jo believed in a better world and she fought for it every day of her life with an energy, and a zest for life that would exhaust most people.
She would have wanted two things above all else to happen now, one that our precious children are bathed in love and two, that we all unite to fight against the hatred that killed her. Hate doesn't have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.
Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full.
Cox was attacked in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on her way to a constituency surgery just before 1pm but died from her injuries at 1:48pm, police said. Her husband later tweeted this picture.
The 41-year-old mother of two had been the Labour MP for Batley and Spen for just over a year, after being elected in May 2015.
Cox lived with Brendan, a former adviser to Gordon Brown, and their two young children in a converted barge moored at Tower Bridge on the Thames.
She grew up in the constituency she represents, in a town called Heckmondwike, and was a passionate and committed advocate for human rights.
After graduating from Cambridge University in 1995, Cox worked in war zones across the world as head of policy for Oxfam. She was also a senior adviser for anti-slavery charity Freedom Fund and chaired the Labour Women's Network.
A 52-year-old man, named locally as Tommy Mair, has been arrested in connection with the incident.
Tributes poured in as news of her death broke today. Friends and colleagues described her as an "amazing brave giant".
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said she died "doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve."
"It is a profoundly important cause for us all. Jo was universally liked at Westminster, not just by her Labour colleagues, but across Parliament," he said.
Prime minister David Cameron praised her "track record of caring about refugees". He said she had a "big interest in how we can look after Syrian refugees and do the right thing in our world".
"She was a star for her constituents, a star in Parliament and a star right across the House," he said.
Other friends and MPs, including Yvette Cooper and Jess Phillips, called Cox lively, amazing, and brave.