LABOUR MP Jo Cox was killed by a “Nazi” extremist as she visited her constituency of Batley and Spen in West Yorkshire.
Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, has slammed the Prime Minister for using her sibling’s “name in vain”. Here’s the latest.
Who is Kim Leadbeater?
Kim Leadbeater is the sister of Jo Cox, a Labour MP who was murdered on June 16, 2016.
The younger sibling grew up with her family in Heckmondwike before becoming a lecturer.
The pair were close and spent a lot of time together doing various activities.
They were a part of Brownies and would often go cycling in the area they lived.
Kim said her sister was shyer than herself and worked hard to improve on her public speaking.
Since Jo’s death she has thrown herself into continuing her work and encouraging others to come together.
What did she say about Boris’ language?
Kim accused Boris Johnson of using her sister’s name “in vain” after he was slammed by MPs for his “dangerous” and “inflammatory” language in the Commons.
The Prime Minister was accused of “inciting hatred” by pretending Britain is at “war” to divide the country on returning to Parliament on September 25, 2019.
Labour’s Paula Sherriff had slammed the language used, as she pointed to a plaque in the House of Commons paying tribute to Jo Cox, the MP murdered days before the 2016 EU Referendum.
Mr Johnson responded by slamming the criticism “humbug” and said the best way to honour Jo Cox was “to get Brexit done”.
Sister Kim said: “I think the humbug comment was wrong and I think to use Jo’s name in that way was wrong.
“What I hope is that he has some time to reflect on that and think about it.”
Kim speaking to the press after Jo Cox’s killer was convicted[/caption]
What did she say about her sister Jo’s death?
Kim spoke to Fabulous Magazine and said: “In the weeks and months after, I don’t know how I coped. Your brain just chooses to push those painful memories to the back of your mind, leaving you to deal with it when you can.
“People ask if I think about Mair, but I never have. The one thing in this whole sad situation that I have control of is how I feel and how I react. My choice right now is to not be beaten by him.”
She has described the feeling of losing her sister in such a horrific manner as a “whole new reality we have to adjust to”.
Kim with her mother and Brendan Cox, Jo’s husband[/caption]
What is moreincommon?
Moreincommon is a movement started by Jo Cox’s family after her death.
It is a campaign to draw communities together and celebrate the best in each community in the UK.
It was inspired by a section of her inaugural Parliamentary speech which said “we are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us”.
The campaign celebrates life together and especially celebrates the life of Jo Cox.
Jo Cox, a Labour MP for Batley and Spen, was killed on June 16, 2016[/caption]
How did Jo Cox die?
The popular MP was stabbed and shot on June 16, 2016, as she made her way to a constituency meeting.
At her killer Thomas Mair‘s trial, Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC said: “She was brutally murdered by one of her constituents.
“It was a cowardly attack by a man armed with a firearm and a knife.”
She suffered knife wounds to her heart, lungs, stomach and liver before being blasted three times through her hands with a sawn-off gun as she tried to protect her head.
Heroic Jo warned her two aides to stay back and told them “let him hurt me, don’t let him hurt you” as she was murdered.
Sandra Major and Fazila Aswat screamed and rushed to help and one aide swung her handbag to fight the killer off – but the stricken MP urged them to flee to safety, jurors were told.
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What is Brendan Cox’s campaign in Jo’s memory?
Jo’s husband Brendan launched an appeal to help the lonely at Christmas in her memory.
Brendan Cox spearheaded The Great Christmas Get Together, encouraging people to share a mince pie with a lonely neighbour.
The Sun on Sunday backed the event and urges readers to share a “Mince Pie Moment” with the less fortunate.
Brendan said: “Jo believed in stronger communities as the best answer to loneliness, and that’s even more true at Christmas.
“Mince pie moments are an excuse to reach out to someone lonely, or have a chat with someone in our street.”