Last week Jo Cox was brutally and senselessly taken from us whilst working for the people she represented in Batley and Spen. An MP dedicated to making the world a better place for both those local people and for people in need around the globe, I join those across our region and across the whole country in paying tribute to her.

Having been part of the same intake of MPs in 2015, elected to represent the constituency of Batley and Spen, which neighbours my own Dewsbury Constituency, I saw her as a tireless and passionate MP who embraced the difficult issues. She championed women’s and refugee’s rights as well as many others and was a dedicated constituency MP. I think everyone is struggling to come to terms with her loss.

Jo’s family have set up a fundraising page to support organisations close to her heart. I would urge people to consider making a donation -; we can best serve Jo’s memory by continuing the fight for the causes she believed in.

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