On Friday, a vigil was held for Jo Cox MP in High Wycombe, which I attended:
PICTURES: Vigil for murdered MP https://t.co/t0R9QP2GLn
— Bucks Free Press (@bucksfreepress) June 18, 2016
I will be attending Parliament tomorrow for tributes.
I did not know Jo Cox directly, but I was present for a number of her speeches. When you sit across from a person in the House of Commons, you form a view of their character, values and intentions. Jo Cox was obviously a good and lovely person with the most noble motives.
This murder is an appalling tragedy. As I told the Bucks Free Press, this is an “utterly shocking and appalling time in the history of our country”. A primary purpose of democracy is to resolve fierce disputes peacefully: this murder is a repudiation of democratic values and our Parliamentary system.
The EU referendum campaign must resume today but Jo’s horrifying death will cast a shadow over all British politics for a long time to come.