Jo Cox MP

Statement from Karin Smyth MP

“Jo was elected in May 2015, part of the new intake of MPs. After her shocking murder, many people will pay tribute to Jo’s qualities as a politician, and so they should for she was one of the brightest, but I feel the raw, personal loss of a colleague and friend.

“The 2015 intake is a close group, spending time together in Parliament and outside and we were together only this week at a social gathering, belatedly marking our first year together in the Commons.

“Following this devastating tragedy I know the thoughts of people across Bristol and the whole world are with Jo’s husband, Brendan, and her two lovely young children.”