Jacqui Smith: Jo paid with her life but politicians now live in daily fear of attack  

Jacqui Smith: Jo paid with her life but politicians now live in daily fear of attack  

What have we come to in this country when candidates report physical attacks and death threats while out campaigning in local elections?

Three years ago when my friend Jo Cox was murdered during the referendum campaign the world was shocked. It was rightly seen as an abomination and an affront to our democracy.

Yet since then violence and intimidation against people in public life have escalated to a terrifying degree. We cannot go on like this.