On Thursday hate, anger and confusion boiled over in the most evil way to tragically take Jo Cox’s life. Since this has happened, all who have been affected have been overwhelmed by grief and sadness.
A truly fantastic MP has been taken from the green benches of Westminster and has been taken from the community which she so proudly had been elected to serve. Jo was someone who in a short time had made her mark in politics championing the causes she believed in. As someone who shared the same passion for helping refugees in Syria, I was honoured to regularly sit across from her as she led debates in Parliament fighting for a cause so close to her heat. It was clear that Jo was someone brave enough to stand up for the most vulnerable and who had come into politics to truly make a difference. It is so desperately unfair that she will be unable to continue fighting this cause.
In her maiden speech in Parliament, she finished proudly with the fantastic line: “I'm proud that I was made in Yorkshire, and I'm proud of the things we make in Yorkshire. And Britain should be proud of that too. I look forward to representing the great people of Batley and Spen here over the next five years.” I have always believed that a good MP is one who first of all has their constituents at heart. You could tell that this was the case for Jo, and she was so honoured to be representing all the people from her hometown. I personally am so lucky to have been able to represent the area which I care most for over twenty years, it is so sad that Jo was only able to do the job she had always wanted to do for just one year.
More detail will be added to the picture in the coming days, weeks and months, but it is already apparent that the hate which killed Jo needs to be a wake up call for British society. An act this abhorrent should never happen in the world. We must all remember Jo for what she was, one of the best MPs there has been, and it is only right that Parliament is recalled so we her colleagues can pay our respects.
After that though there is a bigger duty, one that means all politicians and all in society must fight constantly for a more united and less divisive, more welcoming and less intolerant, a happier and less angry Britain.