Jo Cox MP Memorial Events

 

Today Jo Cox would have been 42 years old. Here in the UK and around the world, people are celebrating her life, by taking part in various memorial events designed to celebrate the life of MP Jo Cox. The Labour MP and mother of two, was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire last Thursday, 16 June. Organisers said the events were intended to “show the world we have more in common than which divides us.”

Her family travelled along the river ahead of an event, in a memorial boat to Trafalgar Square. The memorial boat, covered in roses and bearing the name ‘Yorkshire Rose’ was pulled along by a barge carrying her husband- Brendan Cox and their two little ones, Lejla only 3, and Cuillin, just 5 years old. The family started the journey from the London houseboat where Jo had lived with her family. Tributes will also be taking place in New York, Paris, London and in her Batley and Spen constituency. In addition, hundreds are also expected to attend memorial events in Washington DC, Dublin, Brussels, Oslo, Buenos Aires, Auckland and Beirut.

 

Yorkshire Rose

Joe Cox’s houseboat covered in flowers, along with the “Yorkshire Rose”

 

The memorial event in Trafalgar Square today included the following:

  • Hosted by journalist Mariella Frostrup-long-term friend of Jo Cox
  • Music from Didley Dee-who played at Jo’s wedding
  • Honour guard from the women’s movement wearing sashes in the suffragette colours of white, green and purple
  • Faith representatives laying 42 white roses
  • Various speakers
  • Cast of musical Les Miserables to sing one of Jo and husband Brendan’s favourite songs

In addition, a moment of silence was observed at 16:25 BST in London and around the world. Further, a charity album of live music by bands including Coldplay and Muse will be recorded at the Glastonbury Festival this weekend and will be released in her honour. Further, Google added a link to Jo Cox’s memorial fund on their UK homepage to help “honour and remember” the MP.

Parliament was recalled on Monday to remember Jo Cox. Speaker John Bercow, led the tributes said Mrs. Cox had “outstanding qualities…she was caring, eloquent, principled and wise.” Lovely words for a lovely woman who was tragically killed on 16  June 2016.

#LoveLikeJo

 

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7 comments

  1. Laura (PA Pict) · June 22, 2016

    I watched some of the tributes to her by her parliamentary colleagues. It was all incredibly moving.

    • samdfb1 · June 23, 2016

      It really was. Listening and watching her husband was heartbreaking.

  2. Yvonne · June 22, 2016

    I hope her side prevails in this vote. It’s tragic that her presence has been stolen from her children.

    • samdfb1 · June 23, 2016

      I totally agree with you Yvonne. On another note…shouldnt you be in Italy consuming gelato?

      • Yvonne · June 23, 2016

        I should be, but I’m not! But, wait until March next year. Gelato and vino consumption will rise in Italia. 🙂

      • samdfb1 · June 23, 2016

        Excellent! 😆

  3. samdfb1 · 7 Days Ago

    Reblogged this on Life in London and commented:

    Today marks the first anniversary of Jo Cox MP. Cox was fatally shot on stabbed on 16 June 2016. You can read about events being held today in the UK, intended to honour and remember her in equal measure.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-leeds-40293045

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