Labour launches women's mentoring scheme in memory of Jo Cox

A mentoring scheme to help hundreds of women into leadership roles has been launched by the Labour Party in memory of Jo Cox.

Labour's General Secretary Iain McNicol said it was the party's largest everdevelopment programme.

Announcing the project at the opening of the Labour Party Conference inLiverpool, he said it was a fitting memory to the mother-of-two who was achampion of international feminism.

Mrs Cox, the MP for Batley and Spen, died after she was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, in June.

Today, following discussions and conversations with Jeremy (Corbyn), I'm pleased to announce the Jo Cox Women in Leadership Programme - a brand new mentoring scheme delivered in partnership with the fantastic Labour Women's Network.

Iain McNicol, Labour's General Secretary

Former soap actress Tracy Brabin has been selected as Labour's candidate for the by-election sparked by Mrs Cox's death, which will take place on October 20.