The senseless and tragic killing of Jo Cox must not weaken our democracy
— Bham City Council (@BhamCityCouncil) June 17, 2016
I want to express my condolences with the family, friends and colleagues of Jo Cox. Her senseless death is a tragedy and I can’t begin to imagine how her loved ones are feeling at the moment.
Today and over the weekend, elected representatives – MPs and councillors of all parties – will be meeting constituents and people in the communities they represent.
It’s the democratic right of every single one of us to meet and question the people who represent us – in parliament, on the local council and in Europe.
That’s one of the strengths of our democracy and it’s what kept Jo Cox in tune with the needs of the people she represented.
I’ll attend my advice bureaux tomorrow because it’s the right thing to do. We must not let violence weaken our democracy.
There will naturally be a debate about security for MPs in the wake of Jo Cox’s tragic death but I’m sure that elected representatives from all parties will continue to meet and work with their communities. It’s what Jo Cox stood for and it’s the right thing to do.