Adrian Lythgo pays tribute to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox

Jo Cox

Our Chief Executive Adrian Lythgo has paid tribute to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.ClFZISlXEAAByKB

He said that Jo – who had been Batley and Spen MP for a little over a year – had been an important influence on the area and a force for good for her constituents.

He added:

“We always knew that so many people had great respect for Jo, and how influential she was in conversations and in debate. But that has only been reinforced by the reaction to her tragic death.

“Party colleagues and opposition members have all been united in their shock and sadness at what would have been a stellar career cut short in the worst way.”

Adrian said that Jo’s background in international work had brought a new perspective to political and regional discussions.

He added:

“MPs always have great strength of feeling for their constituencies, but there is a bigger picture and context to decision making and Jo certainly had that. She is rightly credited across both benches in Parliament for her work on the refugee crisis and on international aid. She was a huge public servant, and while she had been an MP only one year, her profile through her international work in her earlier career was high. This is demonstrated by the tributes she has received in several languages since her death.

“Her passion on this subject was matched by her passion for Batley and Spen. She was also a mother to two children, and our thoughts at this time must recognise the devastating impact this has had on her husband and family. I have offered my condolences on behalf of the Council to them”

Road Closures

Parts of Birstall remain closed today. Some road closures are still in place, and the library will be closed until further notice. Fines will be waived for this period or books etc. can be returned to any other Kirklees Libraries.

Books of Condolence

Flags have been lowered to half mast at each of the Kirklees town halls as a mark of respect to Jo Cox, and books of condolence have been opened in the buildings so local people can pay their own tributes.

If you would like to share a message of sympathy but are unable to get to one of the books of condolence, please email your message to and we will print it out and include it in the book.

One comment

  • Judith McCarter

    Why a ‘multi-faith’ time for reflection on the loss of Jo Cox? As a person of no faith (like many others in this country), I am not only excluded by the description but also offended by the implied suggestion that only ‘people of faith’ will wish to reflect on the tragic loss of this great humanitarian. You are free to offend me, but please at least try to include me! There are many ways in which you could have made this event sound more inclusive of ALL who would like to attend.

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