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Jo Cox was killed because of her political views, her husband says

Brendan Cox says his wife was concerned about the divisive nature and “coarsening” tone of the Brexit referendum debate.
Jun 22nd 2016, 8:17 AM 12,834 110

THE HUSBAND OF murdered British Labour MP Jo Cox has paid tribute to his wife, saying he believes she was killed because of her strong political views.

In an interview with the BBC, Brendan Cox said he wants to make sure something good comes out of the death of his wife, who would have turned 42 today.

“She was a politician and she had very strong political views and I believe she was killed because of those views,” Mr Cox said.  ”She would want to stand up for those in death as much as she did in life.

I don’t want people ascribing views to her that she didn’t have, but I certainly want to continue to fight for the legacy and the politics and the views that she espoused. They were what she was. She died for them and we definitely want to make sure we continue to fight for them.

Cox said his wife had been concerned about the “coarsening” tone of the debate around the Brexit referendum and “the whipping up fears and whipping up hatred”.

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“She was particularly worried about the direction…of politics at the moment, particularly around creating division and playing on people’s worst fears rather than their best instincts,” he said.

Cox thanked the public for their “outpouring of love”, saying it has helped the couple’s two young children.

“The two things I’ve been focused on is how do we support the children and how do we make sure something good comes from this,” he said. “What the public support and outpouring of love does is help the children see that what they’re feeling, other people are feeling.”

He fought back tears as he remembered his wife as someone who had “incredible energy and joy” who would have no regrets about how she lived her life. On the morning she was killed, she was on the way to her surgery – “one of the things she loved” he said.

“She loved talking to people about their issues, whether it was about their drains or about getting their autistic child a referral.”

…I’ll remember so much about her but most of all I will remember how she met the world with love. Both love for her children, love in our family and love for people she didn’t know.

Read: “We’ve lost one of our very best” – UK parliament reconvenes to honour Jo Cox

Read: “A 21st Century Good Samaritan”: Jo Cox remembered at church service in her hometown

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