Brussels honours murdered West Yorkshire MP Jo Cox with special tribute

Jo Cox   PIC: Johnston PressJo Cox   PIC: Johnston Press
Jo Cox PIC: Johnston Press
The parents and sister of Jo Cox MP, who was murdered in her Batley constituency in June 2016, are to attend the official inauguration of Jo Cox Square in the centre of Brussels tomorrow (Thursday, September 27).

The city decided to rename the square in honour of Jo Cox as part of its efforts to have more of its streets and public places named after women.

Mrs Cox lived and worked in the Belgian capital prior to becoming an MP. The square is close to the Ancienne Belgique music venue which she often attended.

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The inauguration will be led by the Mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, alongside Jo’s sister, Kim Leadbeater, and her parents, Gordon and Jean.

Representatives of the Labour Party and the European Parliament are also expected to attend.

Kim Leadbeater said: “My parents and I are very pleased to be attending the inauguration of Jo Cox Square and are honoured that the City of Brussels has chosen to remember Jo in this way.

“She had many happy times living there and made some deep and long lasting friendships.

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“We visited her on several occasions and have many heart-warming memories of seeing how much she enjoyed being there.

“To know that she will have a permanent place where she, and the values she stood by, can be remembered is a comfort and an honour and I would like to thank everyone involved.”

Mayor of Brussels, Philippe Close, said: “Naming a square in Brussels after Jo Cox is an honour for the City.

Her investment in women’s rights, in European construction and her love for Brussels were absolutely remarkable.”

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After the inauguration a choir led by one of Jo’s close friends from her time in Brussels, Suzy Sumner, will perform. The repertoire will include the Balkan folksong Ederlezi and Nkosi Sikelel’ I Afrika.