Jeremy Corbyn MP, Leader of the Labour Party, speaking about the tragic loss of Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen today said:

The whole of the Labour Party and Labour family — and indeed the whole country — will be in shock at the horrific murder of Jo Cox yesterday.

Today, I have travelled to Birstall to bring the condolences of the Labour movement to Jo’s family and constituents.

Jo Cox was an outstanding and inspiring new Member of Parliament, who had already shown in her life and work her dedication to the cause of peace and social justice.

She was killed doing the job she was elected to do — representing the people she was elected to serve, doing her duty to the public and our democracy.

The killing of Jo Cox was not only the tragic loss of a fantastic human being, woman, mother, wife, friend and comrade to so many of us inside and outside Parliament: it was an assault on democracy itself. It was an attack on the right of everyone to have their say in how our country is run and for those that the people elect to be able to listen to and represent them, without fear or favour.

As Jo’s husband Brendan said in his extraordinary and poignant tribute, Jo Cox was also the victim of hatred and intolerance.

Ours is a country where tolerance and respect for other people and different viewpoints have always been highly valued.

Jo Cox stood for tolerance, justice, peace and human rights. We must come together as a country and face down hatred and intolerance in our society.

We send Jo’s family, her two young children and her husband Brendan our deepest condolences and love. They are in the hearts of all of us.

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