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Charity single to be released in memory of Jo Cox

A charity single is set to be released in memory of Jo Cox.

MP Jo Cox who died last week after being shot in her constituency Credit: ITV Yorkshire

The Batley and Spen MP died last week after being shot and stabbed whilst in her own constituency. The Batley Community Choir are now planning to record a song to raise money for the Jo Cox fund, which has so far raised almost £1.5m.

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Minute's silence for Jo Cox in Birstall market place

A minute's silence will be held in Birstalll this lunchtime - a week on from the murder of the MP Jo Cox.

It's being held in Birstall market place between 12.50 pm and 1.50 pm - just yards from the scene of the shooting and stabbing of the Batley and Spen MP as she left a constituency surgery.

Minute's silence for Jo Cox

Yesterday thousands of people across the world marked what would have been the MPs 42nd birthday at vigils and gatherings. Her sister, Kim Leadbetter spoke movingly at a tribute in Batley, also attended by her parents.

Crowds at Batley birthday tribute Credit: PA

Meanwhile the man accused of her murder, 52-year-old Tommy Mair, is due at the Old Bailey this morning for a preliminary hearing. He's also charged with greivous bodily harm and possession of weapons.

Sister of Jo Cox pays tribute in Batley

Kim Leadbeater, the sister of Jo Cox, has been amongst those paying tribute to the MP on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

Kim Leadbeater pays tribute to her sister Credit: Danny Lawson/PA
Crowds at tribute service in Batley

Events have been taking place around the world, including Brussels, the US and Kenya. But it was to a crowd of around 2,000 in Batley that Kim remembered her "caring, compassionate and inspirational" sister.

She said, when asked how she would find the strength to make what was only her second attempt at public speaking:

"There are many more difficult things in life than to talk about someone you love so deeply, about how caring, compassionate and inspirational they were. Jo's life centred around people and standing up for the causes she felt so passionate about."

Jo Cox's sister Kim pays tribute
Kim with parents Gordon and Jean Leadbeater Credit: Danny Lawson/PA

Also at the Batley event were Jo and Kim's parents, Gordon and Jean Leadbetter. Kim thanked on behalf of all the family each and every person who had sent their love and sympathy to them in the last few days.

We have been truly overwhelmed by the outpouring of kindness and support and it has provided great comfort and strength in order for us to keep going.

From Batley to Burma and from the Spen Valley to Syria, Jo's life was centred around helping people and standing up for the causes she felt passionate about - and there were many. I don't have any answers as to why such a horrendous and tragic event has occurred in our lives. But I do know that Jo would not have wanted any of us to allow it to make her life anything other than the force for good it always was.

My sister would want her murder to mobilise people to get on with things, to try to make a positive difference in whatever way we can, to come together and unite against hate and division and fight instead for inclusion, love and unity.

– Kim Leadbetter
Applause from the crowds

MPs' security funding process reviewed in wake of Jo Cox's killing

Jo Cox

A parliamentary watchdog has written to all MPs saying it will speed up the process for handing out security funding "as a matter of priority" in the wake of the killing of Jo Cox.

It comes after major concerns have been raised over the safety of politicians, with a number coming forward to reveal they have received death threats towards themselves and their families.

In a letter to MPs, Ruth Evans, the new chairwoman of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (Ipsa) which awards security funding, wrote: "I had wanted to introduce myself as Ipsa's new chair in different circumstances.

"But, following the appalling murder of Jo Cox MP last week, I am writing to assure you that I am keenly aware of your concerns that improved security is needed for you, your staff and your families.

"I know that many of you have also expressed concerns about Ipsa's current approach to processing applications for security funding.

"I recognise that security is at the uppermost in your minds and, to that end, I have asked that we review and accelerate this process as a matter of priority, working in partnership with the police and the House of Commons security service."

East Yorkshire councillor expelled by Conservatives over offensive Jo Cox Facebook post

Dominic Peacock Credit: Beverley Town Council

An East Yorkshire councillor who made an offensive comment on social media about the fund set up in memory of Jo Cox has been expelled by the Conservatives.

Dominic Peacock posted a message on a Facebook post about the £1million donated in her honour, saying: "I've just donated the steam off my ****!"

Dominic Peacock was suspended after the initial comment Credit: Facebook

He was suspended yesterday, but the Conservatives confirmed today that he had been dismissed.

Further to yesterday’s communication, at today’s meeting of the full Conservative group on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, it was agreed to expel Councillor Dominic Peacock with immediate effect."

– Stephen Parnaby, leader of East Riding Council

The fund, which is raising money for three charities, has since passed the £1.25million mark.

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