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Former PM Gordon Brown says Jo Cox shooting was 'devastating blow to democracy'

Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah worked with Ms Cox and her husband Brendan. Credit: PA

Labour's Gordon Brown has paid tribute to Jo Cox describing her as "the most vivacious, personable, dynamic and committed friend you could ever have".

He said that he and his wife Sarah worked with Ms Cox and her husband Brendan working with families in poverty.

Brown added that she had visited some of the most dangerous places in the world, adding: "The last place she should have been in danger was in her home town."

Jo Cox leaves behind her husband Brendan and two children Cuillin and Lejla. Credit: PA

The 41-year-old Labour MP died after she was shot on the street in Birstall, West Yorkshire outside a library where she held regular surgeries in her constituency.

Our memories will be for ever scarred by this moment. Our hearts will always be hurt at our country’s loss.

Jo Cox was the most vivacious, personable, dynamic and committed friend you could ever have. Whenever you talked to her, the compassion in her eyes and the commitment in her soul shone through. Years of public service advancing the causes she cared passionately about should have been ahead of her.

Sarah and I were privileged to work with Jo and her husband Brendan over many years and in her tireless efforts on behalf of poor and desolate children and mothers. She went to some of the most dangerous places in the world. The last place she should have been in danger was in her home town.

People will say that this does not happen in Britain. This should not happen in Britain. And we must resolve that this will never again happen in Britain.

My and Sarah’s thoughts and prayers are with Brendan and their two young children Cuillin and Lejla this evening. They will have all our support in the difficult days ahead. For them and for those of us who were Jo’s friends, this is a devastating day. And it is a devastating blow to our democracy.

– Gordon Brown

Sarah Brown also released a statement saying she is "heartbroken" and describing Ms Cox as having a "truly remarkable spirit and passion ".

I am heartbroken. Jo had a truly remarkable spirit and passion that shone through in her work with Oxfam and with me on our countless campaigns for women and children.

Jo cared about everybody but she reserved a special place in her heart for the most vulnerable and the poorest citizens of the world.

She was fearless, she was endlessly upbeat and she reached out to so many to join her cause. Her mission was to make the world a better place.

But above all else Jo had utter devotion to her husband Brendan and their two children Cuillin and Lejla.

– Sarah Brown

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