West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner pays tribute to MP Jo Cox, as she is remembered in Parliament today (20 June 2016)


MPs have been recalled to the Commons to remember Mrs Cox who was killed on Thursday.


Mr Burns-Williamson said: "My thoughts and prayers remain with Jo's family who have shown incredible bravery since this tragic incident which has touched the lives of people of Batley and Spen, nationally and internationally, and continues to do so.


"Being at the church vigil on Thursday night, and being in Birstall on Saturday, witnessing the huge impact this tragedy is having on the community demonstrates what a very special person Jo was to so many.


"I have very happy memories of Jo and will always remember her as vibrant, warm and someone who made a difference to the lives of so many. She was a great MP who I felt privileged to know.


"At the moment we have an ongoing criminal investigation into the circumstances that led to Jo's untimely death and it is crucially important that we let the police carry on doing their job to ensure justice for Jo's family, her colleagues and the wider community.


"But it is important that those who knew Jo and were touched by her incredible energy, dynamism and drive to do the right thing and help those less fortunate, have the opportunity to pay tribute to her. That will happen in the Commons today, but also people can remember Jo with books of condolences that have been opened in communities across the county, including Birstall.


"I also want to pay tribute to the bravery of the 77-year-old man, Bernard Kenny, injured in the incident who demonstrated great bravery in trying to assist Jo on Thursday.


"I want to again reassure people that I will do everything within my power as Police and Crime Commissioner, with West Yorkshire Police, to ensure the people of Batley and Spen, and communities across West Yorkshire are safe and feel safe at this difficult time."


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