MURDERED Labour MP Jo Cox would have been “hugely excited” by the party’s performance in the general election, her husband said yesterday.
Brendan Cox, whose wife was shot and stabbed in her Batley & Spen constituency in West Yorkshire last year, was speaking days before the first anniversary of her death on June 16.
Mr Cox said he felt “empty” when the results came in as he recalled her excitement at being elected in 2015.
But he said that her murder, by a neonazi terrorist, had failed in its aim to drive people apart and ensured that her voice was heard more than ever.
“I think overall she would have been hugely excited that the Labour Party was doing much better than she probably would have anticipated it doing,” he said.
Mr Cox has written a book, More In Common, inspired by his wife’s maiden speech in Parliament, which became a rallying call against hate in the wake of her death.
He said: “Jo’s killing was designed to do a few things. It was designed to divide communities and it’s failed in doing that. It’s actually brought Jo’s community much closer together.
“It was designed to stop her speaking, stop her message reaching people, and this book is showing that’s failed as well, that actually her voice and the messages and the things she cared about can reach more people even after her death.”
He urged people to take part in an event called The Great Get Together this weekend (see greatgettogether.org to find out more), when scores of picnics and community events will be held across Britain to mark the anniversary of her murder.