Adrian Lythgo pays tribute to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox
Our Chief Executive Adrian Lythgo has paid tribute to Batley and Spen MP Jo Cox.
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.
“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.
“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”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will print it out and include it in the book.