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Condolences to the family of Labour MP Jo Cox

17th June 2016

Northumbria PCC Vera Baird QC this morning sent condolences to the family of Labour MP Jo Cox, killed apparently by a constituent while she was engaged in work as the local MP for Batley and Spen.

Commissioner Baird, said: ” I send my personal sympathy to Jo’s family for their terrible loss, my thoughts are with her husband, Brendan, and their children as they confront a tragedy that they could never have expected and which is very hard to understand. I send too my support to parliamentary colleagues, especially those we know locally as they come to terms with the loss of a fine colleague. Jo was a special  MP, with a wonderful combination of values, warmth and a drive to make positive change happen for the people of Batley and Spen and for people more widely. Her short elected term will be remembered for her care for humanity and for its promise for the future.”

Further information from Northumbria Police:

  • This is West Yorkshire Police’s investigation and their officers will be establishing the circumstances around this tragic incident. They have our full support and we are available to offer any help and assistance we can.
  • The Chief Constable has contacted all our local MPs to express his condolences and offer advice and support. Their safety at this time is our main priority.
  • There is not believed to be any risk at this stage to our own Members of Parliament, local Councillors, or anyone in our communities. However, we understand people may have raised concerns and we are here to help.
  • Should you have any concerns please speak to your local neighbourhood officer or contact police on 101.