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Jo Cox tribute

June 20, 2016

This weekend I wrote an article for The Observer paying tribute to my colleague Jo Cox MP who was tragically murdered last Thursday outside her constituency surgery.

 

Jo was universally respected and admired as a dedicated champion of equality, social justice and human rights. She not only fought passionately for her constituency, but she used her position to speak up for the voiceless around the world.

 

Jo will be remembered as a truly exceptional woman who dedicated her life to helping others with unwavering compassion. Her life is an example to us all.

 

I will remember Jo most of all for her speech during a debate on the Dubs amendment during the passage of the Immigration Bill. Although she was small in stature, Jo spoke with such power and moral conviction that the House of Commons Chamber fell to rapt silence as she said: "I would risk life and limb to get my precious babies out of Syria".

 

I also remember her husband Brendan Cox's tireless work on my by-election campaign in 2000 when he was chair of Labour Students, and it breaks my heart to think of him raising their two beautiful.

 

As Jo said in her maiden speech: "We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us". It is about time that we listened to her.

 

 

 

 

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David Lammy

From Tottenham. For Tottenham.