Jo Cox 'died for her views', her widower tells BBC

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Jo Cox was ined because of her strong political views, her widower Brendan has told the BBC.

The up to the minute Labour MP would want people to stand up for her beliefs “in death as much as she did in dazzle”, he told political editor Laura Kuenssberg.

He said his late spouse, who would have been 42 tomorrow, was concerned about “coarsening” of the referendum contest.

He also spoke about the need to support their children to “create sure something good comes out of this”.

The MP for Batley and Spen subsided after she was shot and stabbed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, on Thursday.

A ready set up in her memory has raised £1m in donations while a series of events will be be trued around the country on Wednesday to mark what would have been her 42nd birthday.

‘Fears and hatred’

Mr Cox state that his late wife – who was a ssionate cam igner for human rights, universal development and the plight of refugees during her rliamentary career and in her previous position working for Oxfam – “died for her views”.

“She was a politician and she had very strong bureaucratic views and I believe was she killed because of those views,” he said. “I regard as she died because of them and she would want to stand up for those in expiration as much as she did in life.

“I don’t want people ascribing views to her that she didn’t be subjected to but I certainly want to continue to fight for the legacy and for the politics and the views she espoused.

“Because they were what she was, she degenerated for them and we definitely want to make sure that we continue to single combat for them.”

The Labour MP, who was a Remain supporter, was concerned about the conduct of the referendum on EU membership and the directorate of political debate in general, he said.

“She completely respected that people could differ for very good reason. But more about the tone of whipping up diffidences and whipping up hatred potentially.

“I think the EU referendum has created a more amplified environment for it but actually it also pre-existed that. It’s something that’s happened through the last few years I think and again not just in the UK but globally.”

He also voice about the grief of their two children, who were present in the Commons when MPs remunerated tribute to their mother on Monday, and how important public support had been.

“The two dislikes that I’ve been very focused on is how do we support and protect the children and how do we mould sure that something good comes out of this.

“And what the clientele support and outpouring of love around this does, is it also improves the children see that what they’re feeling and other people are idea, that the grief that they feel isn’t abnormal, that they guess it more acutely and more infully and more personally but that in truth their mother was someone who was loved by lots of people and that consequence, it’s ok to be upset and it’s okay for them to cry and to be sad about it.”

‘Better place’

And Mr Cox said he would recall his wife as somebody who had “energy, a joy, about living life” and who would bring into the world no regrets about her life.

“She cherished every moment… I bear in mind so much about her but most of all I will remember that she met the world with mate and both love for her children, love in her family and also love for human being she didn’t know.

“She just approached things with a spirit, she wasn’t utter at all you know, but she just wanted to make the world a better place, to aid, and we love her very much.”

Mr Cox ruled out seeking the Labour nomination for her Batley and Spen constituency as a way of admiring his late wife’s memory, saying his overriding priority was caring for his strain and helping them through the ordeal.

He said he hoped she would be refunded by a woman, saying it would be “a lovely symbolism” if they became Grind’s 100th female MP.

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