Jo Cox: International tributes to dead British MP


**Jo Cox: International tributes to dead British MP

Tributes to British MP Jo Cox have poured in from politicians and public figures around the world.

The Labour MP, who was shot and stabbed after holding an advice session for her constituents in West Yorkshire, had campaigned for Britain to remain in the EU and championed the contribution of immigrants to British society.

She was also an active supporter of Syrian opposition groups against the country’s President, Bashar al-Assad.**

US politician Gabrielle Giffords, herself was the victim of an assassination attempt at a political rally in 2011, wrote on Twitter that she was “absolutely sickened” by the killing, praising Ms Cox as “young, courageous, and hardworking. A rising star, mother, and wife”.

Ms Giffords survived being shot in the head in an left six people dead and many injured. She was put in an induced coma and endured weeks of slow recovery.

Political tributes

**US Secretary of State John Kerry said the killing was “an assault on everyone who cares about and has faith in democracy”.

Germany’s government tweeted about the “sad and terrible news of British MP Jo Cox”, adding that “our thoughts are with her husband and children”.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Twitter that the assassination was an attack on the democratic ideal and called on people to “never accept that!”

Spanish Prime Minster Mariano Rajoy said in a letter his British counterpart that “violence has no place in democracy” and asked Prime Minister David Cameron “to convey our deepest and sincere condolences to their families, relatives and all the British people”.**

Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who also chairs the group of eurozone finance ministers, tweeted that the UK was “a beacon of peaceful politics, I hope the people of the UK can make their democratic choices serenly and in safety next week”.

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg tweeted he was “saddened by the terrible murder” and included a statement from Mrs Cox’s husband in his tweet.

Media in Europe and the US report the killing, stressing the role of Mrs Cox as a determined campaigner for Britain to remain in the European Union in the forthcoming referendum on 23 June.

The motive for the murder is still unclear but witnesses say the killer shouted “Put Britain first!” before repeatedly shooting and stabbing Mrs Cox.

Campaigning in the EU referendum has been temporarily suspended, with British politicians widely condemning the attack and expressing their condolences for the family.

Support for Syria

Mrs Cox’s role as a vocal supporter of Syrian opposition groups and refugee rights has also brought many expressions of solidarity and condolence.

The Syrian White Helmets non-partisan volunteer rescue group tweeted: “Our thoughts and prayers are with @Jo_Cox1 and her family.”

**The British MP had given a passionate speech on the crisis in the embattled Syrian city of Aleppo and was co-chair of a recently formed cross-party parliamentary group on Syria.

Syrian journalists in exile have also expressed their grief at the death of someone who they saw as a strong voice of support.**

Before entering Parliament, Mrs Cox worked for a number of charities including Oxfam and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Oxfam chief executive Mark Goldring tweeted that all at Oxfam were “devastated at the loss of our much loved and admired former colleague #Jo Cox MP”.


**Jo Cox: Mother, humanitarian, politician killed by attacker

(CNN)Before she was attacked and killed Thursday, Jo Cox was known for her vocal stance in the Brexit debate – as well has her beloved persona in and out of Britain’s Parliament.

“You just can’t fault the woman. She was perfect in every single way,” fellow Labour Party politician Shabir Pandor said.

Cox, 41, was a staunch supporter of Britain voting to stay in the European Union – an issue that will go to a referendum next week. Authorities have not said what was the motive in her killing.

Hours before the attack, her husband Brendan tweeted a photo of the family in a boat campaigning to keep Britain in the EU.**

“Kids seriously disappointed there isn’t another #Floatila today,” Brendan Cox tweeted hours before the attack.

**But by Thursday afternoon, Cox went from a joking husband to a grieving widower.

“Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our lives. More difficult, more painful, less joyful, less full of love,” he said in a statement.

“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.”

Cox also made a promise in his wife’s honor:

“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.”**


**Despite her stances that some opposed, Cox was highly respected across the political spectrum in Parliament.

Members of the opposing Conservative Party were among the first to speak of their grief and admiration of Cox.**

“This is absolutely tragic and dreadful news,” British Prime Minister David Cameron said

“She had a huge heart. She was a very compassionate, caring MP. She was a bright star – no doubt about it. A star for her constituents, a star in Parliament, and a star right across the House.”

Conservative Kirklees Councillor David Hall knew Cox for decades. The two became friends in school.

“She was a very vivacious girl, very sporty, very good at her studies educationally, very popular,” Hall said…

**Politically, she worked for Britain in Europe, pro-European campaign organization.
Labour politician Tristram Hunt said Cox’s contributions went far beyond Parliament.

“Jo Cox was a dedicated internationalist, passionate social justice campaigner, brilliant MP, & loving mother,” Hunt tweeted. “Her death is too wretched. RIP.”**


Eternal rest grant unto Jo O Lord
may perpetual light shine upon her
and may she rest in peace Amen

Eternal God , in whom mercy is endless,
and the treasury of compassion inexhastible ,
look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us ,
that in difficult moments we might not despair
nor become despondent , but with great confidence ,
submit ourselves to Your Holy Will ,
which is love and mercy itself . Amen

Memorare (Prayer to Our Lady)
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession, was left unaided.
Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you do I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Amen

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