Tributes worldwide to mark Jo Cox's birthday

Murdered MP Jo Cox has been commemorated with worldwide with global tributes on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

The Labour MP and mother-oftwo was shot and stabbed last a week ago.

Further tributes will be paid to her later at Glastonbury Festival.

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Worldwide tributes mark Jo Cox's 42nd birthday

The family and friends of Jo Cox have gathered together on the day she should have been with her family and friends celebrating her 42nd birthday to pay tribute to the MP, who was killed last Thursday in her Batley constituency in West Yorkshire.

Plane maker apologises for flying Leave banner over Jo Cox vigil

A plane carrying a banner with the words 'Take Control #VoteLeave' flies above the Jo Cox vigil

A plane maker campaigning for Britain to leave the EU has apologised for flying a "Vote Leave" banner over the birthday memorial vigil for killed MP Jo Cox, a Remain campaigner.

The gesture, which was organised by aeroplane maker Britten-Norman and not affiliated with the official Vote Leave camp, was branded an "obscene insult" to the killed MP's memory by Unite's Steve Turner.

Britten-Norman claimed it was a "mistake" that the banner had coincided with the hour-long vigil.


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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
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Thousands gather at Jo Cox birthday vigil

Crowds gathered in London's Trafalgar Square this afternoon to join a vigil for killed MP Jo Cox on what would have been her 42nd birthday.

Many were visibly moved by the tributes paid to the Batley and Spen MP, who was shot and stabbed in the street in her constituency of Birstall, West Yorkshire, last Thursday.

Crowds in Trafalgar Square Credit: PA
People attending a Jo Cox vigil in Trafalgar Square Credit: Reuters
A woman holds two white roses during speeches paying tribute to Jo Cox Credit: Reuters
A woman holds a sign at a vigil to Jo Cox in London's Trafalgar Square Credit: PA


Cox family prepare to pay tribute to MP

Brendan Cox, the widower of Labour MP Jo Cox, has arrived in Westminster with his son Cuillin, five, and three-year-old daughter Lejla, ahead of an event in Trafalgar Square to celebrate what would have been her 42nd birthday.

Events are being held in a variety of locations across the world in tribute to Ms Cox's "love, energy, passion, flair, Yorkshire heritage and belief in the humanity of every person in every place."

Harman: We must 'unite against hate' that killed Jo Cox

Jo Cox died last week.

Harriet Harman has called on people to "unite against the hate" that killed MP Jo Cox.

Speaking as she campaigned for a Remain vote in Thursday's EU referendum, the former acting Labour leader said:

Jo believed in a better world and fought for it every day of her life with an energy and an enthusiasm which would have exhausted most people.

What she would want now is for her two young children to be bathed in love and for us to unite against the hate that killed her.

– Harriet Harman
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