Labour leader Keir Starmer just posted a moving tribute to his former colleague, Jo Cox.
On the four-year anniversary of her murder, Starmer shared a clip of the former Batley and Spen MP where she states we have “far more in common with each other than things that divide us”.
“Jo’s legacy lives on,” Starmer wrote, alongside the video:
Four years ago today our friend Jo Cox was tragically murdered. But Jo’s legacy lives on. Now more than ever, w… https://t.co/HCUQQgiGsR— Keir Starmer (@Keir Starmer) 1592292046
On 16 June 2016, Cox was fatally shot and stabbed outside a library in Birstall, West Yorkshire.
Thomas Mair, who was found to have links to the US-based neo-Nazi group National Alliance, was found guilty of the murder in November 2016 and sentenced to life imprisonment.
The attack happened just one week before the Brexit referendum and Cox was a “Remain” supporter.
It’s believed the attacker shouted out during the attack:
This is for Britain. Britain will always come first.
In response to Starmer’s tweet, many echoed the sentiment of Cox’s speech:
@Keir_Starmer Still horrifying to remember the news that one of our mps had been assassinated. Thank you for not le… https://t.co/GIvjJUU6kD— Treebeard (@Treebeard) 1592292366
@Keir_Starmer A wonderful positive sentiment. For all our sakes let's now tackle and disperse the divisions that set us against each other.— mark sutcliffe (@mark sutcliffe) 1592292395
@Keir_Starmer We so need more MPs showing the intelligent compassion that this lady did— muser 🌈🐕🦺😂👩👧👧😁🏳🌈 (@muser 🌈🐕🦺😂👩👧👧😁🏳🌈) 1592293018
Tributes poured in from people across the country:
“We have more in common than that which divides us” Jo Cox (22 June 1974 - 16 June 2016) Thinking of Jo today on… https://t.co/m1EZhKYj6J— Rachel Reeves (@Rachel Reeves) 1592289300
We are all thinking of our friend Jo Cox today who was taken from us four years ago. “We have more in common than t… https://t.co/FVIiBj9irA— Angela Rayner (@Angela Rayner) 1592292213
It’s four years since we lost beautiful, brave, brilliant Jo Cox. Her truth - that we have more in common than tha… https://t.co/HXVF9G4dTG— Mary Creagh CBE (@Mary Creagh CBE) 1592293966
While Jo’s husband Brendan tweeted:
We often focus on the state of division in the UK but there’s been progress too. A near tripling of those who say w… https://t.co/0Axqw8m5BW— Brendan Cox (@Brendan Cox) 1592293728
Rest in peace, Jo Cox.