The news from Birstall yesterday had a profound impact on my family. The tragedy of the murder of a Mother aged 41 who left two very young children behind, simply because she was carrying out her duties as an MP left members of my family deeply upset even though we had no connections with that part of Yorkshire or with Ms Cox herself. One of my family members even asked if I would write about the murder in my next blog. This loss of life of one young woman in a Yorkshire Street raises a number of thoughts. The first of these is that in the light of the glowing tributes to Jo Cox, I should do more to thank my own MP for her excellent work on behalf of my community. Sadly Jo won’t have heard the tributes, but thankfully 649 MPs remain in a position to hear words from their constituents.
The death of a Mother going about her everyday work is a tragedy that is catastrophic for the family and those around them. However the reasons that Tommy Mair did and said what he did, the steps he took to obtain the weapons he used are all a cause of concern for all of us. It is vital that those currently considering how best to protect our MPs do not plan in isolation. We desperately need people like Jo Cox to consider how to keep the streets and homes safe for other Mothers going about their daily work, people who may not have her profile, but equally do not have the infrastructure to try to protect them. The loss of Jo to Parliament means that the plight of Mothers and their families in other nations have lost a vocal advocate in Parliament. We need to ensure our own Streets and Homes are safe, but our concerns must not stop at Dover or at Gatwick. We must continue with the work Jo was engaged in, to argue for safety for all peoples in all Nations.
Full statement from Brendan Cox, Jo Cox’s husband
“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 everyday 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.”