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Tributes pour in for Jo Cox - passionate MP, committed activist and devoted humanitarian

Jo Cox, 41, a British Labour MP has died after being shot by a lone gunman outside her constituency office in Yorkshire. 

A much loved and admired activist, humanitarian and public servant, her loss has sent shockwaves across the country and around the world. 

Widely respected for her work with Oxfam, her vocal campaigns on behalf of Syrian refugees and her efforts to get more women in Parliament, she inspired many across all sections of society with a fierce commitment to justice and equality. A mother of two, Cox's death is a devastating loss to her family and democracy in the UK. 


Tributes have flooded in as friends, family and colleagues pay their respects: 


Brendan Cox, Jo Cox’s husband and former Director of Policy and Advocacy at Save the Children: “Jo believed in a better world and fought for it every day”

"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 every day 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. Hate doesn’t have a creed, race or religion, it is poisonous.

Jo would have no regrets about her life, she lived every day of it to the full."

David Cameron “She had a huge heart, she was a very compassionate campaigning MP”

Labour Party Leader, Jeremy Corbyn: "Jo died doing her public duty at the heart of our democracy, listening to and representing the people she was elected to serve. It is a profoundly important cause for us all."


Justine Greening, Secretary of State for International Development 

Yvette Cooper, fellow Labour MP and outspoken advocate for refugee children


Sadiq Khan, London Mayor

Women’s Equality Party 

Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby 

Economist Ann Pettifor

Amy Agnew, Europe Director, Global Citizen 

Stephen Brown, Director of Strategic Partnerships Global Citizen 

Labour MP, Caroline Flint

Helle Thorning, CEO of Save the Children International 


Oxfam GB 

The volume of tributes that have poured in are a testament to the impact Cox made in her work and in the lives of those around her. A loyal public servant and champion of the rights of the poor and marginalised,  her legacy of courage and justice is inspiration to us all. 

 Campaigning for the EU referendum has been suspended in response to the tragedy.